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Coates, Zelda K. (Zelda Kahan), 1886-1969. The life and work of Friedrich Engels - Image 38. 1920. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1119/show/1096.

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Coates, Zelda K. (Zelda Kahan), 1886-1969. (1920). The life and work of Friedrich Engels - Image 38. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1119/show/1096

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Title The life and work of Friedrich Engels
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Publisher The Communist party of Great Britain
Date 1920
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  • Engels, Friedrich, 1820-1895
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Transcript 34 The Life and Work inequalities in the possessions by individuals. Primitive Communism persists for centuries in spite of external violent despotisms, but competition by the products of great industry kills it in a comparatively short time. With regard to the bourgeois revolution, it put an end to all feudal fetters, "but the economic conditions did not, as Diihring would imply, forthwith adapt itself to the political circumstances ... on the contrary, it threw all the mouldy old political rubbish aside and fashioned new political conditions in which the new economic conditions could find their being and develop. And it has developed splendidly in the suitable political atmosphere, so splendidly, indeed, that the bourgeoisie is now not very far from the position which the nobility occupied in 1789. It is becoming more and more not only a social superfluity, but a social impediment. It takes an ever-diminishing part in the work of production, and becomes more and more, as the noble did, a mere revenue consuming class. And this revolution— and the creation of a new class, the proletariat—was brought about not by any force nonsense, but by purely economic means." It is with difficulty we refrain from giving further quotations from this book, so rich in ideas, so profoundly and well reasoned, so full of interesting matter, presented in a forcible, clear, logical style. Unfortunately our space is limited, and even if we have not given the best quotations we might have done—partly at any rate because such would have had to be more lengthy—we hope that what has been given will be sufficient to whet the reader's appetite to make him read the book itself. One more quotation we shall give below when dealing with what Engels had to say about the State. After Split in First International and Death of Marx After the split in the International, brought about as a last straw by the Marx-Bakunin conflict, and the removal of its headquarters to New York> both Marx and Engels devoted themselves to their theoretical work, at the same time acting as advisers to the working-class and Socialist movements of Europe and America. Numerous letters, pamphlets and manifestos written by them since that time amply testify to the fact that no one who came to them with a sincere desire to learn, went away empty-handed, or, perhaps, we should say, empty- headed, after seeing them. In 1883 Marx died, and the whole of this work fell on Engels' shoulders. When Marx died, Engels was already sixty-three years of age, but, nevertheless, not only did he continue to defend with all his wonted vigour his and Marx's theories, not only did he continue to apply the materialistic conception of history to all the important questions of the day—writing numerous pamphlets and articles—but he continued his own philosophic and historical studies, acted as general adviser to the workers and Socialists of all nations, and last, and what he considered to be most important of all, and as a first duty, he worked on the comple-