The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
- New paperback 292 pages.
- Pathfinder Press 2016.
- First published 1972.
- ISBN: 9780873482615.
The family, private property, and the state - the basic institutions of capitalist society - are neither 'natural' nor everlasting. They are the product of specific economic and social conditions.
Friedrich Engels traces the evolution of these institutions from the dawn of class society until capitalism.
He shows how the oppression of women as a sex begins with the development of private property, and how the development of the modern working class creates the material basis to end that oppression.