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 peasant commune and to spread its principles to industrial production. He
believed that Russia could profit directly by learning from the scientific advances
of the west, without going through the agonies of an industrial revolution. 'Human
What real benefits has the invention of printing brought the peasants? We are
told, Tolstoy observes, that books educate societies ('that is, make them more
corrupt'), that it was the written word that has promoted the emancipation of the
serfs in ...
Levin knows that if he tried to become a peasant this could only be a grotesque
farce, which the peasants would be the first to perceive and deride; he and Pierre
and Nikolay Rostov know obscurely that in some sense they have something to ...
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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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