historical materialism

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historical materialism

n.
A major tenet in the Marxist theory of history that regards material economic forces as the base on which sociopolitical institutions and ideas are built.

historical materialism

n
(Sociology) the part of Marxist theory maintaining that social structures derive from economic structures and that these are transformed as a result of class struggles, each ruling class producing another, which will overcome and destroy it, the final phase being the emergence of a communist society

histor′ical mate′rialism


n.
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.
[1920–25]
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It is, of course, Karl Marx's materialist conception of history and dialectics that represents the apogee of dialectical critique, viz.
On the more historical side, but nevertheless still most germane to the present, is Xiufen Lu's "Li Dazhao and the Materialist Conception of History.
In Marx's materialist conception of history, the community, not the individual, was the basic unit of society: "only in the community has each individual the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; hence personal freedom becomes possible only within the community" [p.