This book is indispensable to an understanding of the theoretical origin of historical materialism.
historical materialism is what is called a fashionable subject.
The criticism of history is made by history; and historical materialism is history made or in the making.
The most notable portion of this work is the preface, which contains the first statement of the theory of historical materialism.
Labriola, moreover, has a special merit, which marks him off from the ordinary exponents and adapters of historical materialism.
And a few pages further on he reiterates: "Socialism and 'historical materialism' are entirely independent-conceptions."
Granted the truth of historical materialism, how will future generations look on the literature of to-day and yesterday?
By its core, historical materialism, it gains a wholly new theory of social evolution that forms its chief content.
Thus our philosophy forms the theoretical basis of historical materialism.
How can historical materialism justify itself scientifically?