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on 28 July 2015
This is a good place to start with Hegel. It's heavy going (but not so much as his other writings), and it's one of his most important works. Getting the main message from Hegel's view of history is probably best found elsewhere, for most people. There are no end of introductory books that will leave the beginner with a much clearer view of Hegel than reading this. However - if you've done some introductory reading, then I would recommend this so that you can say you have actually read Hegel himself. The experience is very worthwhile, and there are brilliant 'flashpoint' moments in the text that for me - are electrifying. I still believe that the world has a lot more to learn from Hegel.
In sum, read a few pages of introduction and summary of this book elsewhere (half an hour or so), and then jump into the primary source material - it is well worth it.