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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He admires the Jacobins because the Jacobins dared to do something instead of
nothing. Yet he is clearly aware, and became more and more so the longer he
lived (he says all this with arresting clarity in his open letters To an Old CowW<?
The new class of technical specialists -the modern, enlightened, energetic men
celebrated by liberals like Kavelin and Turgenev, and at times even by the radical
individualist Pisarev-were for the Jacobin Tkachev 'worse than cholera or ...
... benighted though they might be today, would assuredly, in the view of the
Jacobins, grasp their condition sufficiently to allow themselves to be- indeed to
welcome the opportunity of being-organised into the new free federation of
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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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