Not strictly military history but a wider question for the panel. I'm thoroughly enjoying 'The People's History of The World' by Chris Harman. It is a great read, and a fascinating account of the broad spectrum of human society's development from hunter gathering through to the modern age. I have to say I am naturally wary of what he has to say due to his being a rampant SWP leftie rooted in what I understand to be the 'historical materialism' school of thought. As I read it all seems to make perfect sense, which is a surprise because most Marxist stuff gets up my nose fairly quickly, so my question is: What do people think of the historical materialism view of history and is there an alternative method?