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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Historians of Russian thought1 tend to label this aspect of Tolstoy as 'fatalism',
and move on to the more interesting historical theories of Leontiev or Dani-
levsky. Critics endowed with more caution or humility do not go as far as this, but
No doubt Tolstoy derived this element in his outlook at least as much from
Slavophils and other Russian chauvinists as directly from Maistre, but it is worth
noting that this belief is exceptionally powerful in both these dry and aristocratic ...
'Two things are always said about Count Tolstoy,' wrote the celebrated Russian
critic Mikhailovsky in a forgotten essay published in the mid-1870s, 'that he is an
outstandingly good writer of fiction and a bad thinker. This . . . has become a sort
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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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