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

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First published in 1884, "The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State" is the groundbreaking treatise on the history of the nuclear family unit by Friedrich Engels. Largely based on notes written by Karl Marx found by Engels after his death, the treatise examines the findings in American anthropologist Lewis H. Morgan's book "Ancient Society", which posits that human progress may be divided into three stages: savagery, then barbarism, and finally modern civilization. Morgan argued that primitive human cultures ...

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