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.
But it also has a place in a universal and global history shaped theoretically through a materialist conception of history. This is particularly relevant if we focus on the ways in which the capitalist mode of production has expanded within African economies, producing changes in the societies formed outside this sphere entirely.
It is, of course, Karl Marx's materialist conception of history and dialectics that represents the apogee of dialectical critique, viz.
Essays on the Materialist Conception of History. Trans.
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." Such a conception of history and China's contemporary response to its historical context is portrayed and examined in "Shanghai's Modernity in the Western Eye" by Katrina Gulliver.