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The Origin of the Family

Ernest Untermann

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 The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State: in the Light of the Researches of Lewis H. Morgan (German: Der Ursprung der Familie, des Privateigenthums und des Staats) is an 1884 historical materialist treatise by Friedrich Engels. It is partially based on notes by Karl Marx to Lewis H. Morgan's book Ancient Society (1877). The book is an early anthropological work and is regarded as one of the first major works on family economics.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publish Date: Feb 25th, 2016
  • Pages: 152
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.02in - 5.98in - 0.33in - 0.47lb
  • EAN: 9781530215577
  • Categories: Political Ideologies - General
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