Grace Battista Marx Questions 9/27 SOC 302 1. To Marx, historical materialism is the focus on material goods and modes of pro- duction as the real driving force of history. This is in contrast to historical idealism (the stance taken by those silly Germans) which thinks that history started with thoughts and ideas, like religion or politics. Historical materialism sees history as starting when man started, because he needed material things to live, and went about getting those things in a certain way. The different modes of material production created different “intercourses” among humans and between humans and nature at different times in history. Basically, he says that all other histories have to grow out of material history because it is how man is able to survive. 2. While I never got an explicit “Historical materialism is...” I started to see the intro- duction of this idea on page 156 when Marx writes, “ The first historical act is thus the
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