I read The Phenomenology of Spirit like 10 years ago, but I felt like it was very vague and abstract. Hegel seemed to have been describing the development of human thought with respect to the absolute truth, but I didn't know if it was a historical development, the natural human development of the mind from an individual perspective or whatnot, and the whole process seemed to be very vague and too abstract to me.
What would you recommend someone to do to fully understand it? I remember there was a dictionary for the book, which was as thick as the book itself and I thought it was ridiculous. How did people like Marx came to understand the book? Did they just understand it by reading it? I feel it's impossible to understand the book fully by merely reading it.