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10-9). This oppressive legacy enhances the importance and value of the contribution of the Marxist minority in France that over the past fifteen years has rediscovered historical materialism. How can we forget that Engels' The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, a work of genius given the level of knowledge during 36 Communal Formations 37 his time, failed to inspire a tradition of inquiry and remained a sort of intellectual curiosity, a decorative luxury object for the workers' movement?
Chapter 3 T ributary Form ations 1. The period between the definitive establishment of socia classes and the state in a given society and the entrance of that society into the central (complete) or peripheral (dominated) capi talist era varies in length. At times it is long (five thousand years for Egypt, three thousand for Greece), at others short (fifteen centuries for Europe). Occasionally, imperialist integration does away with this period entirely (for several African and Oceanic societies).
This ideology obscures the class contradictions whereby the productive forces develop. 6. , an impact on the class struggle in the contemporary world? Certainly, Until the wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, the tendency toward homogenization seemed to be at work only in the nations of the center and especially in the great nation-states. It developed simul taneously with the constitution of monopoly capital on this na tional basis. It reinforced the deep chauvinist tendencies which served the interests of fiercely competing national imperialisms.
Class and Nation, Historically and in the Current Crisis by Amin Samir