the deeds and tendencies of that people, and which is occupied in realising itself, — in satisfying its
ideal and becoming self-conscious, — for its great business is self-production. But for spirit, the
highest attainment is self-knowledge; an advance not only to the intuition, but to the thought —
the clear conception of itself. This it must and is also destined to accomplish; but the
accomplishment is at the same time its dissolution., and the rise of another spirit, another
world-historical people, another epoch of Universal History. This transition and connection leads
us to the connection of the whole — the idea of the World's History as such — which we have now
to consider more closely, and of which we have to give a representation.