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Coates, Zelda K. (Zelda Kahan), 1886-1969. The life and work of Friedrich Engels - Image 50. 1920. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 31, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1119/show/1108.

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Coates, Zelda K. (Zelda Kahan), 1886-1969. (1920). The life and work of Friedrich Engels - Image 50. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1119/show/1108

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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 46 The Life and Work instance from the point of view of his life as a worker, and will thus reflect more truly the interests of himself and his fellow workers. This is another reason why it is so important to be clear from the first on this point. Why in any proletarian revolution the first step must be as Marx and Engels have said repeatedly, to break up, to scrap the bourgeois State machinery—the degree of force used to do this will depend not on the desire of the revolutionary working class, but simply and solely on the degree of resistance of the governing classes— and to set up in its place a purely proletarian transition State. As to the future, we may say what Engels said regarding the sex relations of the future men and women—when a race of men and women have grown up to whom the idea of parasitic, exploiting elements in society is absolutely foreign. Men and women who will regard the performance of some useful work for the good of society as a first duty and who will look upon the enjoyment of all the best that life can offer, of all the joys of nature, science and art as the inalienable right of every human being, such men and women will know how to order their lives in accordance with their principles—we, however, are only concerned with the building up of the first stage of Communism upon the ruins of the Capitalist State and from the materials now at our hand. Last Years In 1888 Engels published his book on Feuerbach, in which, with his customary clear logic, he annihilates the later Hegelian philosophy of which Feuerbach was a leading exponent. He then goes on to explain in clear concise language the materialistic conception of History as worked out by Marx and himself. As we have already dealt with this subject, we shall not stop here to examine this book any further. Almost to a few weeks before his death, Engels kept his freshness for work. Only a few months before his death he was still planning new labours for himself or the re-editing of some of Marx's works, and the writing of introductions to them. The last work he completed was the introduction to Marx's The Class Struggle in France from 1848—1850. This work he wrote only five months before his death, but it is characterised by all the vigour, logic and merciless criticism of which he was always such a master. In it Engels gives a short but comprehensive continuation of European history from 1850 to 1895. Like Marx, Engels was not much of a public speaker. His last public appearances were in 1893, at the Congress of Zurich. Also at Vienna and Berlin. In March, 1895, he developed cancer of the throat, and on August 6 of the same year he died of this disease. He had requested that he should be cremated and his ashes thrown into the sea. This last sad service was performed by some of his best friends, amongst them Eleanor Marx, who travelled to his favourite seaside resort, Eastbourne, August 27, hired a boat and threw his ashes into the sea.