In this book Callinicos explores the relationship between social theory and historical writing drawing on a wide range of theories and theorists in an attempt to establish the contribution that theory can make to understanding the past.
Alex Callinicos is Professor of Politics at the University of York.
Introduction. Part 1. Sympathy for the Devil?. Francis Fukuyama and the End of History. 1.1. Fukuyama and the Left. 1.2. Kojeve: From Hegel to Stalin. 1.3. Fukuyama: From Spengler to Reagan. 1.4. History and Reason. Part 2. History as Narrative. 2.1. The Claims of Narrative. 2.2. The Specificity of Modern Historical Discourse. 2.3. Facing the Facts. 2.4. Theory and Interpretation. Part 3. History as Theory. 3.1. What is a Theory of History?. 3.2. Marx or Weber?. 3.3. Capitalism and Abstraction. Part 4. History as Progress. 4.1. Meaning in History. 4.2. The Dialectics of Progress. 4.3. The Rise of the West. 4.4. Identity and Emancipation. Conclusion. Notes. Index.