technical determinism

If one looks at history, than the bigger the timespan becomes, the smaller the influence of individual people seems to matter. This raises the question of historical determinism.

Technical determinism concerns the the determination of history by material and technical circumstances. Historians and geographers show which conditions have directed the course of history and in what direction. Politicians and economists address the question if the conditions may be changed as a way to influence historical developments. A philosophical question is if there is room for freedom in a determined world (see above-the-head).