Historical-materialism meaning

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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An interpretation of history, esp. in Marxist theory, that holds that the chief determinants of society and social institutions are economic factors.
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A Marxist methodological approach to the study of society, economics, and history, looking for the causes of developments and changes in human society in the means by which humans collectively produce the necessities of life.
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