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 goes on to say that political historians who write in this way explain nothing;
they merely attribute events to the 'power' which important individuals are said to
exercise on others, but do not tell us what the term 'power' means: and yet this is
With great force he argues that only those orders or decisions issued by the
commanders now seem particularly crucial (and are concentrated upon by
historians), which happened to coincide with what later actually occurred;
whereas a great ...
So far so good, and Tolstoy is judged to have shown deeper insight -'greater
realism'-than most historians. He was right also in demanding that the
infinitesimals of history be integrated. But then he himself had done just that by
creating 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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