: 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 WebSo, 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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