A re-newed interest in, and appreciation of, the problems of history, both as the theory of historical process and as historiography became one of the marked characteristics of twentieth century thought and this book discusses Benedetto Croce’s historical writings in that context.
Part 1: The Realm of Naples and the Ethico-Political Concept of History 1. Ethos and Idyll in History 2. Naples, 1799: Education by Revolution 3. Naples, the Realm: a Study in Historical Failure 4. Ethos and Polis: The Ethico-Political Concept of History Part 2: The Anatomy of Decadence: The Baroque Age in Italy 1. The Baroque 2. Positivity and Negativity in History 3. The Counter Reformation 4. The Silence of Great Poetry 5. The Philosophy of An Unphilosophic Age 6. The Moral Life Part 3: The Idea of Liberty: The Liberal Formation of Europe in the Nineteenth Century 1. The Spiritual Forces of the Century 2. Liberty and Absolutism 3. The Pattern of Liberal Progress 4. Poetry and Power: Italy and Germany 5. The Liberal Age 6. Fascism, The Double 7. Liberalism and Internationalism