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Historical Materialism

Core definition

A major tenet or philosophical doctrine of Marxist theory that sees modes of production as the determining factor in the development of a society's social, political, intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual character.

Longer explanation

Why is any particular society the way it is? Why ...

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