Domenico Losurdo. The German Catastrophe and the Image of Hegel. Paris: Michel, 1994.
The Wars of Liberation
From Hegel to Bismarck
The key text from this era is Hegel and his Time (1857) by Rudolf Haym (above). This led to a debate with Karl Rosenkranz whose views of Hegel are probably more accurate. Losurdo identifies Haym with a National Liberal tendency in German politics that Treitschke embodied in his History of Germany. Haym decries Hegel for rejecting the ideology of the Wars of Liberation. He thinks his praise of civil servants and the centralised imposition of detailed regulations inappropriate to German freedom and individuality. His dislike of Hegel thus flows from his association of Hegel with the ideas of the French revolution. Thus the French had a strong centralised state both before and after 1789 and so he disapproves of this in Hegel. I have not read Haym, though I now intend to, but Losurdo’s general line of argument seems convincing to me.
The Ideas of 1914
The German Catastrophe
Further readingLosurdo’s Italian books on Hegel are:
La catastrofe della Germania e l'immagine di Hegel (Mailand, 1987).
La "politica culturale" di Hegel a Berlino. Illuminismo, rivoluzione e tradizione nationale. [The Cultural Politics of Hegel at Berlin: Enlightenment, Revolution and National Tradition] (Urbino, 1981)