Definitions for historical materialism
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the part of dialectical materialism dealing with historical process and social causation; the doctrine that social thought and institutions develop as a superstructure on an economic base.
Category: Government, Philosphy
Origin of historical materialism:
Historical materialism is a methodological approach to the study of society, economics, and history first articulated by Karl Marx as the materialist conception of history. It is a theory of socioeconomic development where changes in material conditions is the primary influence on how human society and the economy is organized. Historical materialism looks for the causes of developments and changes in human society in the means by which humans collectively produce the necessities of life. Social classes and the relationship between them, plus the political structures and ways of thinking in society, are founded on and reflect contemporary economic activity. Since Marx's time, the theory has been modified and expanded by thousands of Marxist thinkers. It now has many Marxist and non-Marxist variants.
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