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The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, in the Light of the Researches of Lewis H. Morgan 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0717803590
ISBN-10: 0717803597
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Intl Pub; 1st edition (June 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717803597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717803590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are the father-centered family, private property, and the state necessary and inevitable part of all human societies?
Frederick Engels, coworker of Karl Marx, says no. Engels demonstrates that these three institutions arose in the fairly recent history of the human race, as a way to establish the rule of the many over the few. And, conversley, when these institutions are an obstacle to human progress, they can be dismantled.
Although this book was written about 125 years ago, the subject matter and his point of view sound surprisingly modern. Evelyn Reed, a Marxist anthropologist, writes a 1972 introduction that updates the original work from the point of view of 20th century anthropology debates abd the rise of modern women's movement. An additional short article by Engels, "The part played by labor in the transition from ape to man" is a lively piece that could be part of today's debates on human origin with almost no hint of its vintage (except maybe for his use of the term "man", instead of gender-neutral "humanity").
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This is a five-star book, if five is the upper limit--it's one of fifteen or twenty of the very best, most important books ever written, BUY IT, READ IT, but do yourself a favor, DON'T BUY THE AMAZON PRINT-ON-DEMAND EDITION (look at the title, it should have two commas--grammar demands at least one--the print-on-demand edition doesn't have any). BUY A DIFFERENT EDITION. This edition of the book is set in 8 or 8.5 pt type (very small); compare the number of pages to other editions and you'll see what's going on. It's so small it's very hard to read. What's the point? If I'd looked at the page count, I would have known, but this is so unusual, the seller should have explicitly stated the book's type size.
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Was human society always overseen by a military and police force?
Was wealth and the means of producing more wealth always the private possession of individuals or a small section of society?
Were women always at the bottom of society, treated primarily as sex objects and machines for child-bearing and child-raising?
And is this humanity's destiny?
In this book published in 1884, Fredrich Engels answers the above questions in the negative. His book is based on anthropological data available in his day from societies around the globe. New discoveries since have confirmed his conclusions and the book is remarkably relevant today.
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I want to clarify I am reviewing this particular edition; not Engels' book! The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State is an inter-disciplinary classic that is a must-have in any personal library. However, *this* edition is nothing more than someone who copy-pasted an online version of Engels' book into a self-publishing platform, and printed the book in what seems to be size 3 font! The font is so small you literally cannot read it without a magnifying glass! I am not joking! Spend the extra couple of dollars and buy a good edition.
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I like this book, of course. However, Amazon's "Print on Demand" leaves the buyer with a text that is almost incomplete. I guess I was warned, but I did not expect paragraphs of material lost due to the accuracy of the photograph. I could have rated this item five stars simply for the content of the book, however, the mistakes and unreadable content in the book would not allow me to rate it so high.

Here is an example of the mistakes in the text, in case someone is curious:

"1. The consanguine family. The co nganguine familv is th e first step toward the famtl. Heie the niarriage groups. are-arranged by generations: all the grand-fathers and grand-mothers T nt"BTir a certain famijylare. mutual husbands and 5 3 51?? J-the."

As you can see, these mistakes render the text less than intelligible. The frequency of occurrence seemed to be about once a page, with some excerpts worse (harder to understand) than others. There are a few pages that are full of this gibberish, and I was not able to read them. Nevertheless, this book is not common, and it is good to have my own copy (for cheap), albeit slightly incomplete.
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The book is amazing but this specific printing is so small that it is impossible for the people with vision problems, to read. I am going to order some other printing so reading in bed would be easier.
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This is a serious, scientific and materialist analysis of development and change in human society and its institutions. Frederick Engels, who along with Karl Marx was one of the central founders of the modern communist movement, wrote this book in the late 1800s based on the latest developments in the then-new science of anthropology. Studying it can help us understand society and be better prepared to organize and work to change it.
Engels takes up the rise of the state and of the family and the oppression of women as early societies became more productive, making possible the division of groups of human beings into those who produce and those who live off them, and the need of the exploiters to perpetuate this state of affairs.
The Pathfinder Press edition also has a valuable introduction by Evelyn Reed, long-time socialist activist and author of works including "Woman's Evolution," "Sexism and Science," "Cosmetics, Fashion and the Exploitation of Women," and "Problems of Women's Liberation."
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