History: The Last Things Before The Last

“The late Siegfried Kracauer was best known as a historian and critic of the cinema. His main intellectual preoccupation during the last years of his life was the relation between past and present, and the relation between histories in different levels of generality. Philosophy is concerned with the last things while history seeks to explain ‘the last things before the last.’ One after another he examined various theories of history and exposed their strengths and weaknesses. Well written and cogently argued.”
Library Journal

This edition features a new introduction by editor Paul Oskar Kristeller of Columbia University.

Siegfried Kracauer (1885-1966), was one of the dominant intellectuals in Germany during the 1920s. In 1933 he emigrated to the United States, where he was affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art and later with Columbia University. He was the author of many books including his landmark study of German cinema, From Caligari to Hitler.