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

Friedrich Engels

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The most influential theory of the origins of women’s oppression in the modern era, in a beautiful new edition

In this classic work Engels argued that matriarchal communal societies had been overthrown by class society and its emphasis on private, not communal, property and monogamous, rather than polygamous, sexual organisation. This historical development constituted “the world-historic defeat of the female sex.”

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The most influential theory of the origins of women’s oppression in the modern era, in a beautiful new edition

In this classic work Engels argued that matriarchal communal societies had been overthrown by class society and its emphasis on private, not communal, property and monogamous, rather than polygamous, sexual organisation. This historical development constituted “the world-historic defeat of the female sex.”

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