Introduction: Hegel and History

  • M. A. R. Habib


This chapter gives an overview of Hegel’s dialectic as it operates in his overall scheme of global history. It argues that this dialectic expresses the movement of capitalist society, whose economics are intrinsically expansive, ever needing to move outward. Most theorists acknowledge that this movement is an underlying component of globalization. It is precisely this movement that is embodied in the appropriative structure of Hegel’s dialectic. The chapter concludes by outlining Hegel’s scheme of global history, which moves from the Oriental world through the Greek and Roman worlds and the Middle Ages to the modern (Germanic) world.


Hegel and history Structure of Hegel’s dialectic Capitalism and imperialism 


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  • M. A. R. Habib
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityCamdenUSA

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