Ideas and Events
This book reflects Krieger's conviction that the value of intellectual history is as a source of orientation in a world of information overload. In Krieger's hands, intellectual history has stressed "thinking-through" the relations between ideas and events rather than the compilation and recapitulation of mere facts and historical categories.
The essays in this collection cover a range of topics, including history of ideas, intellectual history, early modern political history, German political history, Hegel, Marx, and more. Many of these essays are already classics of historical scholarship. With the demise of the Soviet Union and state-sponsored Marxism, and with the reunification of Germany, Krieger's history takes on new relevance and a renewed importance.
With a splendid introduction by Michael Ermath, and an extensive bibliography of Krieger's most important books and essays, this is a "must read" for every serious student of modern history.
Leonard Krieger was University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Chicago until his death in 1990.
Introduction by Michael Ermarth
1. History of Ideas
1. Stages in the History of Political Freedom
2. The Idea of Authority in the West
2. The History of Intellectuals
3. Hegel and History
4. The Intellectuals and European Society
5. History and Existentialism in Sartre
6. The Historical Hanna Arendt
3. Intellectual History
7. The Horizons of History
8. The Autonomy of Intellectual History
9. Historicism's Revenge
10. Culture, Cataclysm, and Contingency
4. History and Natural Law in Early Modern Europe
11. History and Law in the Seventeenth Century: Pufendorf
12. The Distortions of Political Theory: The Seventeenth-Century Case
13. Kant and the Crisis of Natural Law
5. Marx and Engels and History
14. The Uses of Marx for History
15. Marx and Engels as Historians
16. Detaching Engels from Marx
6. Twentieth-Century German History
17. Nazism: Highway or Byway?
18. The Potential for Democratization in Occupied Germany: A Problem in Historical Projection
Leonard Krieger: A Bibliography