The various contributions in this book, originally published in 1971, discuss many aspects of the complex subject of history and class consciousness, and the themes that are dealt with are all inter-related. The papers range from history and sociology, through political theory and philosophy, to art criticism and literary criticism. Georg Lukács’ classic work History and Class Consciousness, is discussed in several of the essays, and the volume is prefaced by a letter from Georg Lukács to István Mészáros.
1. Ancient Historians: Greeks and Romans 2. The Bible: Jewish and Christian Time 3. Medieval Historiography at its Prime: From the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Centuries 5. The Humanist Historian in Fifteenth-Century Italy 6. The Sixteenth Century 7. History and Scholarship in the Seventeenth Century 8. Historians and Antiquaries in the Eighteenth Century: The Emergence of the Modern Method