historical materialism


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

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Historical materialism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historical%20materialism. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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