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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.
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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
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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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