- Date: Sunday 27th October
- Time: 10:30 - 12:15
- Location: Student Central, 3D
- Speaker: Fiona Lali
"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle." So begins the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.
Historical materialism is the Marxist philosophy of history; the general theory of how and why society develops in the way that it does. Rather than trying to make society conform to a timeless ideal, or to discover some fixed ‘human nature’, Marxists see society as a process, evolving through stages of development, driven forward by the struggle between the exploiters and the exploited. Ultimately, it is not morality or our ideas that determine the structure and dynamics of society, but economic conditions.
In this talk, Fiona Lali will provide an introduction to the Marxist view of history, discussing why it so important to study history, and looking at what the past can tell us about the future.
Recommend reading: An introduction to historical materialism
Recommend watching: The Marxist view of history - historical materialism