First printed in 1987, Viktor Afanasyev’s Historical Materialism remains a classic of Marxist-Leninist philosophy. Throughout his career, Afanasyev authored more than 20 books on philosophy, shaping how millions of people around the world learned and understood Marxism. When it came to Marxist-Leninist philosophy, there were few scholars in the postwar period as prolific as Afanasyev—one of the foremost, though largely forgotten, Marxists of the 20th century.
This new edition of Historical Materialism includes a Foreword by C.J. Atkins, managing editor of People’s World. His Foreword not only provides biographical information on Afanasyev, it also puts the publication of this book and Afanasyev in historical and political context.