The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

Author(s): Friedrich Engels; Jennifer Doyle (Introduction by)

Critical Thinking

Penguin Classics brings this seminal work by Engels back in to print, with a new introduction by historian Tristram Hunt

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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General Fields

  • : 9781839761515
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Verso Trade
  • : 0.368317
  • : August 2021
  • : {"length"=>["7.75"], "width"=>["5"], "units"=>["Inches"]}
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Friedrich Engels; Jennifer Doyle (Introduction by)
  • : Paperback
  • : 321.1
  • : 240