The Origin of the Family  Private Property and the State

The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State

Written by: Friedrich Engels

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  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • Publish Date: 2010-04-29
  • ISBN-10: 9780141958347
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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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