Historical determinism is the stance that events are historically predetermined or currently constrained by various forces. Historical determinism can be understood in contrast to its negation, i.e. the rejection of historical determinism.
Used as a pejorative, it is normally meant to designate an overdetermination of present possibilities by historical conditions.
- Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Under the Thumb of History? Political institutions and the Scope for Action
- Al-Ahram "Terror and Historical Determinism
- Definition at isms.com