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

Examples of historical materialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, for example, his view of historical materialism means that there’s an inevitable rise of the East and the decline of the West. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 22 July 2021

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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 17 May. 2022.

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