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The Philosophy of History (Dover Philosophical Classics) Paperback – September 10, 2004
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*This is not a review of the work itself, which is important for any understanding of Western philosophy.
But overall, I think its a fascinatingly ambitious book in the way that it tries to weave together nearly all of human history into a single narrative. One can very clearly see how historical materialism is only a step removed from Hegel. Aside from the rather long and abstract introduction (that lays down the Hegelian system of history) the rest of the book is actually quite easy to read (with the exceptional passages). Perhaps the best part of the book is his discussion of freedom and necessity and the connection of individual and collective interests as a stimulus to history. These parts, I thought, were absolutely brilliant.