The author has laid bare the various forms of property anterior to its assumption of the capital form. He
cites Vico, “the father of the philosophy of history” to justify his case. Vico’s “ideal, eternal history”, in accordance with which are successively developed the histories of all nations is the first to apprehend
the great law of historical development. He has placed before us the typical history of each of the peoples that have inhabited the globe. Lafargue has
gleaned through facts in all parts of the globe and by coordinating them into logical series unfolds the different phases of the evolution of property.