The Marxist Interpretation of History. Ruling Elite = Aristorcracy + Landowners Rule society by use of Force Importance of Religion to reinforce hierarchical society. Dominant Ideology. FEUDAL SYSTEM. Economic basis of society = Agriculture Land = Power.
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Rule society by use of Force
Importance of Religion to reinforce hierarchical society.
Economic basis of society = Agriculture
Land = Power
Below this line = peasantry and some economic activity
For Marx when the basis of society comes under pressure and moves from Agriculture (feudalism) to Industry (Capitalism) there is a Revolution and a change in the way in which society is organised. When does this happen?
After the Revolution the dominant ideology changes. And there is a change in the class that runs society
Capitalist Society 1750?
Old landed Aristocracy
Basis of society is capitalist economy
Business, industry, trade
For the skilled and unskilled working classes the capitalist system creates a ‘false consciousness’ they are held in check by the bourgeoisie and the dominant ideology
Communist Revolution owners, managers, entrepreneurs.
The end of History?