Historical Materialism, in the theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, holds that the events of all of history are determined by economic forces. Unlike in their theory, however, my similar theory holds that all modern Western history - that is, history since the Middle Ages - can be explained as a struggle to form working industrial societies. This comes about through a struggle between the people of all classes and the factors of society that are not working for an industrial society. In many cases, the true causes of the struggles are not clearly evident.
Some of the earliest examples of violent changes in social structure caused by industrialization were the American and French Revolutions. In the United States, further changes came about during the American Civil War. The American Civil War was the first major adjustment to the American capitalistic system. It ended several important characteristics of true democracy and pure capitalism.