historical materialism definition by Webster's New World
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an interpretation of history, esp. in Marxist theory, that holds that the chief determinants of society and social institutions are economic factors
historical materialism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.