On Historical Materialism

On Historical Materialism

On Historical Materialism

On Historical Materialism

Synopsis

Frederick Engels published his famous Anti-Dühring, a classic ranged with Capital, in 1878. Acceding to the demand for a popular exposition of scientific socialism, Engels selected three chapters from Anti-Dühring for publication as a pamphlet, which was first issued in a French translation by his friend Paul Lafargue, under the title Socialism Utopian and Socialism Scientific. Translations in other languages followed, with the English translation published only in 1892, under the abbreviated title of Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. To this edition Engels wrote a rather extended introduction, first giving an account of how Anti-Dühring came to be written and how Socialism: Utopian and Scientific was extracted from it and then, proceeding with an essay on the economic, social and political history of England. Engels later published this essay, which made up the major portion of the introduction, as an article in the German Socialist monthly, Die Neue Zeit, under the title "On Historical Materialism." It is reproduced in the following pages as Engels prepared it for Die Neue Zeit.

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