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The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State,9780141191119

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

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Edition:
Revised
ISBN13:

9780141191119

ISBN10:
0141191112
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/29/2010
Publisher(s):
Penguin Classics
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Summary

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884), was a provocative and profoundly influential critique of the Victorian nuclear family. Engels argued that the traditional monogamous household was in fact a recent construct, closely bound up with capitalist societies. Under this patriarchal system, women were servants and, effectively, prostitutes. Only Communism would herald the dawn of communal living and a new sexual freedom and, in turn, the role of the state would become superfluous.

Author Biography

Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) was the author of The Condition of the Working Class in England and collaborated with Karl Marx on The Communist Manifesto and Capital.

Tristram Hunt, one of Britain's best-known young historians, is a lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London.


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