(in Marxist theory) the doctrine that all forms of social thought, as art or philosophy, and institutions, as the family or the state, develop as a superstructure founded on an economic base; that they reflect the character of economic relations and are altered or modified as a result of class struggles; that each ruling economic class produces the class that will destroy or replace it; and that dialectical necessity requires the eventual withering away of the state and the establishment of a classless society: the body of theory, in dialectical materialism, dealing with historical process and social causation.
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
noun 1. the process of establishing general facts and principles through attention to chronology and to the evolution or historical course of what is being studied. noun 1. a means of learning about something by considering its origins and development
noun 1. a novel within the genre of historical fiction. noun See historical fiction
noun, Grammar. 1. the present tense used in narrating a past event as if happening at the time of narration. noun 1. the present tense used to narrate past events, usually employed in English for special effect or in informal use, as in a week ago I’m walking down the street and I see this […]
noun 1. a school of economists that arose in Germany in the 19th century in reaction to the principles of the classical economists, and that maintained that the factors making up an economy are variable and develop out of social institutions. 2. Law. the school of jurists who maintain that law is not to be […]