The theme that links these essays--written over thirty years--is the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia, which Isaiah Berlin describes as 'the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world'.
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'History is fond of her grandchildren,' Chernyshevsky repeated after him, 'for it
offers them the marrow of the bones, which the previous generation had hurt its
hands in breaking.' For Chernyshevsky history moved along a spiral, in Hegelian
Chernyshevsky had evolved a simple form of historical materialism, according to
which social factors determined political ones, and not vice versa. Consequently,
he held with Fourier and Proudhon that liberal and parliamentary ideals merely ...
In his work he was helped by the violent young critic Dobrolyubov, a genuinely
gifted man of letters (which Chernyshevsky was not) who, at times, went even
further in his passionate desire to preach and educate. The aesthetic views of the
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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
Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty
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