Penguin Books, 01.01.2008 - 412 Seiten
Required reading for fans of Tom Stoppard s The Coast of Utopia the landmark investigation into Russian history and thought
Few, if any, English-language critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian Thinkers is his unique meditation on the impact that Russia s outstanding writers and philosophers had on its culture. In addition to Tolstoy s philosophy of history, which he addresses in his most famous essay, The Hedgehog and the Fox, Berlin considers the social and political circumstances that produced such men as Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Belinsky, and others of the Russian intelligentsia, who made up, as Berlin describes, the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world.
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General, as opposed to national, historians seem to Tolstoy merely to extend this
category without elucidating it: instead of one country or nation, many are
introduced, but the spectacle of the interplay of mysterious 'forces' makes it no
So far so good, and Tolstoy is judged to have shown deeper insight - 'greater
realism' - than most historians. He was right also in demanding that the
infinitesimals of history be integrated. 1 op. cit. (2.9 above, note 3), 34, 40. 2 N. I.
... explanations provided by academic historians to account for human violence
and lust for war, was noted by the eminent French historian Albert Sorel, in a little
- known lecture to the Ecole des Sciences Politiques delivered on 7 April 1 88 8.
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing
In these ten essays Isiah Berlin explains the political thought and philosophy of several prominent thinkers of 19th Century Russia, while illuminating the historical context necessary for their ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
RUSSIAN THINKERSNutzerbericht - Kirkus
What should be done? To the question that hung over 19th-century Russia and dogs the world today, Isaiah Berlin would answer, stand firmly uncertain. Russian-born and Oxford-bred, Berlin has almost ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Russia and 1848
The Hedgehog and the Fox 2 4
Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty
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