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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Hence the cause of the oppressed was still at that date overwhelmingly that of the
agricultural workers, who formed the lowest stratum of the population, the vast
majority being serfs in state or private possession. The populists looked upon ...
Russian populists were agreed that the state was the embodiment of a system of
coercion and inequality, and therefore intrinsically evil; neither justice nor
happiness was possible until it was eliminated. But in the meanwhile what was to
The majority of the populists were deeply troubled by it. But the activist wing had
no doubt of the answer: strike the chains from the captive hero, and he will stretch
himself to his full height and live in freedom and happiness for ever after.
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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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