History as the Story of Freedom
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World history has been consigned by professional historians to textbooks for the public schools. But people will obtain ideological or mytihcal notions of the meaning of history unless philosophers ofhistory step in to rationally regulate accounts of world history. Despite its dependenc in most cases on secondary sources, world history not an impossible academic research disclipline due to the countless cultures and ethnic groups in history--much as astronomy is not impossible due the countless celestial objects. To understand world history it is enough to distinguish a finite number of role model nations as distinct from nations that follow in their wake. The paper seeks to legitimate the sort of philosophical world history research pursued by Hegel.
Hegel, philosophical world history, great nations, world history, meaning of history, ideology, metanarratives-
Clark Butler (1989).
History as the Story of Freedom. Theoretische Geschiedenis.16 (3), 297-309.