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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True, the ideals of 1 848 were themselves empty enough; at least they looked so
to Herzen in 1869: 'not one constructive, organic idea ... economic blunders [
which] lead not indirectly, like political ones, but directly and deeply, to ruin, ...
They shared the democratic ideals of the European radicals of their day, and in
addition believed that the struggle between social and economic classes was the
determining factor in politics; they held this theory not in its Marxist form (which ...
They were not mystical nationalists. They believed only that Russia was a
backward nation which had not reached the stage of social and economic
development at which the western nations (whether or not they could have
avoided this) had ...
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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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