The so-called long-windedness of Hegel's work is precisely the most important aspect of it. Of course the "Triadic" model, as some refer to it, can be abstracted, but this does not explain hegel, that is more Lenin than Hegel.. and more of a marxist oversimlification than a true understanding of what Hegel means when he speaks about Spirit.
Hegel does involve many veiled esoteric concepts in his phenomenology, and as such it will not be properly understood unless one cares to take attention to detail. Hegel is not easy reading as such, simply because the logic that flows in his book does not follow aritotlean logic or even socratic dialectic.
More important than the Triad (thesis, antithesis, synthesis) is the notion of how the thesis becomes an antithesis, how the antithesis becomes a synthesis etc. e.g. it is not necessarily the Conclusion
at which one arrives, but rather the seamlessness at which such comes about; it is both violent and peaceful at once, and is thus merely a very description of the fabric of any discourse and the dance between it and its metadiscourse which is the Spirit.
Hegel's history is more of a storyline to his phenomenology. The phenomenology was his first work.. all his other works revolve around different mutations and notions of the Spirit. His History (while being racist at times) still holds true in respect to the different perspectives and approaches (although the value-judgements placed come from a German-Protestant point of view). It is worth reading in its own right, buut in my opinion, will not make the phenomenology any easier to understand.