The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
Frederick Engels' classic work, first published in 1884, setting out a materialist explanation for the oppression of women. He shows that women's subjugation is inextricably bound up with the dissolution of the egalitarian "primitive" commune and the emergence of class society - characterised by private property, the family and the state.Engels' analysis gives lie to claims that women's oppression is eternal, a function of biology or the supposed ritual order of things. Pat Brewer's introduction updates Engels' analysis in the light of new evidence. This is essential reading for feminists today.
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The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State
The Iroquois Gens
The Grecian Gens
The Rise of the Athenian State
The Gens and the State in Rome
The Gens Among the Celts and Germans
The Formation of the State Among the Germans
Barbarism and Civilisation
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