historical materialism

noun

Definition of historical materialism

: the Marxist theory of history and society that holds that ideas and social institutions develop only as the superstructure of a material economic base — compare dialectical materialism

First Known Use of historical materialism

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Historical materialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historical%20materialism. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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