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CRITICISM

Carroll, Michael. P. “Engels on the Subjugation of Women.” Pacific Sociological Review 18, No. 2 (April 1975): 223-41.

Examines Engels' Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State from a sociological rather than an anthropological view and constructs “cross-culture” tests designed to determine the accuracy of the predictions derived from Origin.

Carver, Terrell. Engels. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981, 85 p.

Offers a study of Engels' ideas, discussing his collaboration with Marx and his status as a journalist, communist, revolutionary, Marxist and scientist.

———. Friedrich Engels: His Life and Thought. London: Macmillan Press Ltd., 1989, 274 p.

Critical biography of Engels tracing the influences on his intellectual and political development.

Demetz, Peter. “Young Friedrich Engels as a Critic.” In Marx, Engels, and the Poets: Origins of Marxist Literary Criticism, translated by Jeffrey L. Sammons, pp. 9-33. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Studies Engels' critical articles and essays, such as his “Letters from the Wuppertal,” and discusses the individuals who encouraged Engels on this path.

Elliot, John E. “Marx and Engels on Communism, Scarcity, and Division of Labor.” Economic Inquiry: Journal of the Western Economic Association XVIII, No. 2 (April 1980): 275-92.

Challenges critics who selectively read Marx's and Engels' work and find that the Marx-Engels vision of communism abolished scarcity and division of labor. While such critics criticize this vision as utopian, Elliot argues that there is textual evidence to support the view that the ideas of Marx and Engels actually offer a rather different vision of scarcity and division of labor in communist society.

Gol'man, L. I. “F. Engels and Certain Problems of Historical Knowledge.” Soviet Studies in History XVI, No. 1 (Summer 1977): 48-83. Translated and reprinted from Voprosy istorii, 1976, no. 3, pp. 91-110.

Analyzes Engels' contribution to the theory of historical materialism, focusing on how Engels dealt with various problems associated with historical knowledge.

Henderson, W. O. “Engels in Manchester.” In Marx and Engels and the English Workers and Other Essays, pp. 17-31. London: Frank Cass and Company, 1989.

Offers an assessment of Engels' The Condition of the Working Class in England and discusses Engels' revolutionary activities in Manchester, England.

Jones, Gareth Stedman. “Engels and the End of Classical German Philosophy.” New Left Review, No. 79 (May/June 1973): 17-36.

Traces the influence of German philosophy, specifically that of Hegel, on Engels and examines Engels' later adaptation and usage of Hegelian concepts in his political and revolutionary thought and writings.

Kapchenko, N. “Engels on Working-Class Foreign Policy.” International Affairs 12 (December 1970): 16-23.

Analyzes Engels' theories on international relations, specifically foreign policy related to the working class, as a significant component of Marx's and Engels' legacy and one which has modern applications.

Krader, Lawrence. “The Works of Marx and Engels in Ethnology Compared.” International Review of Social History XVIII, part 2 (1973): 223-75.

Examines the collaborative relationship of Marx and Engels, compares their dialectics of both natural and human history as well as their ethnological studies, and assesses their contributions to the development of philosophical anthropology to empirical ethnology.

Levin, Michael. In Marx, Engels and Liberal Democracy. London: Macmillan Press Ltd., 1989, 197 p.

Book-length study of how the “change from court to mass politics” influenced Marx and Engels. Examines how their conception of democracy and the liberal constitutional state developed, their expectations of the emerging working class, and the role of parliamentary democracy in the attainment of proletariat power.

Levine, Norman. The Tragic Deception: Marx Contra Engels. Oxford: Clio Books, 1975, 259 p.

Maintains that there were significant differences between Marx and Engels' thought and examines these differences and how they came to be. Asserts that “psychological predispositions and logical presuppositions inherent in each mind” contributed to the major divergences in their thinking and writing.

McLellan, David. Friedrich Engels. New York: Viking Press, 1977, 120 p.

Study of the life, history, politics, and philosophy of Engels; also examines Engels' relationship with Marx.

Ritter, Harry R. “Friedrich Engels and the East European Nationality Problem.” East European Quarterly X, No. 2 (Summer 1976): 137-52.

Challenges critics who criticize Marx and Engels on their stance on nineteenth-century problems of Eastern European nationality. Maintains that Marx's and Engels' opinions were expressed in terms of German liberalism and nationalism and were “logically consistent products of their unique brand of socialism.”

Selsam, Howard. “Frederick Engels: Philosopher.” New Masses LXI, No. 2 (8 October 1946): 9-13.

Maintains that despite the failure of critics to properly assess Engels' stature as a philosopher he and Marx, nevertheless, “made the most important contributions to philosophy than any thinker during the second half of the nineteenth century.” Selsam goes on to highlight the specifics of Engels' philosophical achievements.

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