economic interpretation of history

economic interpretation of history

any approach to historical analysis which emphasizes the decisive importance of economic forces in history Although especially associated with MARXISM (see also HISTORICAL MATERIALISM, ECONOMISM), such an emphasis is far from confined to this area. A significant non-Marxist example is the work of the US historian, Beard (1874-1948), whose An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution (1910) did much to alter the previous neglect of economic factors in American historiography
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You've read the books, and your economic interpretation of history, as you choose to call it" (this with a sneer), "eminently fits you for an intellectual outlook on life.
To the question of where Beard discovered the economic interpretation of history, his wife, Mary Ritter Beard, offered some authoritative answers in her memoir of him, The Making of Charles A.
Seligman published his non-Marxist Economic Interpretation of History.
SELIGMAN, THE ECONOMIC INTERPRETATION OF HISTORY 3 (1902).
Beard for the latter's economic interpretation of history, isolationism, and iconoclasm foreshadowed later divisions among professional historians.
Economic history that aims to explain as well as to describe runs the danger of offering an inappropriate economic interpretation of history.
91) Beard was a careful student of Seligman's highly influential work on the philosophy of history, The Economic Interpretation of History.
One of the primary aims of Seligman's The Economic Interpretation of History was to sever the traditional Marxist theory of historical change, which Seligman agreed with, from the prescriptive tenets of conventional Marxist socialism, which he profoundly rejected.
When Walter Lippmann criticized Beard in 1922 for failing to examine "the metaphysics of the relations between economics and politics," Beard responded that "on that point there is nothing better than Professor Seligman's very clear and interesting Economic Interpretation of History.
97) To a certain extent, he wrote his Economic Interpretation of History to strengthen the case for progressive taxation.