1. Reconstruct Marx’s theory of history also known as historical materialism. What is the “material” foundation for his theory based on human physiology in nature, and how does Marx elaborate that foundation to generate an account of the formation of classes, class conflict, and a class based revolution?
2. How does George Lefebvre’s The Coming of the French Revolution (1939) conform to Marx’s historical materialism and in what ways does it not?
3. Critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of Marx’s theory of history. For this section Tackett will be helpful. By way of conclusion discuss the sorts of developments that historical materialism is best suited to reveal about history and those developments that it is least suited to reveal.