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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The French are the most abstract and religious people in the world; the fanaticism
of ideas with them goes hand in hand with lack of respect for persons, with
contempt for their 1 'From the Other Shore': VI 124. » ibid.: VI 123. neighbours-
some great western liberator-a German romantic, a French socialist - who had
transformed their vision. The act of liberation is something not uncommon in the
intellectual history of Europe. A liberator is one who does not so much answer
If someone had proved that Balzac was a spy in the service of the French
Government, or that Stendhal conducted immoral operations on the Stock
Exchange, it might have upset some of their friends, but it would not, on the whole
, have been ...
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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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