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The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

Engels, Friedrich
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: April 29, 2010
ISBN: 9780141191119
240 pages

£14.99

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.

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