This volume presents a colourful and entertaining overview of German intellectual history by a central figure in its development. Heinrich Heine (1797–1856), famous poet, journalist, and political exile, studied with Hegel and was personally acquainted with the leading figures of the most important generation of German writers and philosophers. In his groundbreaking History he discusses the history of religion, philosophy, and literature in Germany up to his time, seen through his own highly opinionated, politically aware, philosophically astute, and always ironic perspective. This work, and other writings focussing especially on Heine's rethinking of Hegel's philosophy, are presented here in a new translation by Howard Pollack-Milgate. The volume also includes an introduction by Terry Pinkard which examines Heine both in relation to Hegel and Nietzsche and as a thinker in his own right.
On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany; From a letter to Moses Moser in Berlin, May 23, 1823; From The Songbook (1827), 'Return Home'; From The Songbook (1827), 'North Sea: Second Cycle'; From Lucca, the City (in Travel Pictures, part IV, 1831); From the Introduction to 'Kahldorf on the Nobility in Letters to Count M. von Moltke' (1831); From The Romantic School (1835); From New Poems (1844), 'Poems of the Times', 'Doctrine'; From Letters about Germany (1844); From the 'Afterword' to Romanzero (1851); From Confessions (1854).