How did the Marxist theory of ‘historical meterialism’ affected the famous theory of Marx and Engels?

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To understand what Marx and Engels meant by the title quote, we must elaborate more on the Marxist theory of ‘historical materialism’. Marx rejected the idealism of earlier philosopher G. W. F. Hegel and posited that material conditions are fundamental to historical and societal development. Human beings require material needs such as sustenance and shelter in order to survive. The means of which these are produced conditions all other aspects of life. Within producing these means of subsistence human beings enter into involuntary relations of production, these relations appropriate to societies that correspond to the state of development of their material forces of production. The sum of these relations constitutes to the economic ‘base’ of society, this being the foundation for the legal and political superstructure. Thus social...
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