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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In light of the above considerations, the article will be divided into four sections as follows: The first starts by outlining the main features of Marx's materialist conception of history concerning technology, most of which were forged in opposition with the views of Young Hegelian authors.
The materialist conception of history here simply means a focus on the relationship between the workers and the owners of the means of production, the state and the aristocracy, and on how this related to the transformation from an 'imperial' (the word 'feudal' is never used by Girma Negash) to a capitalist mode of production.
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.