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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Gogol died an unrepentant reactionary, but Turgenev, who ventured to praise
him as a satirical genius in an obituary article, was promptly arrested for it.
Bakunin was in prison, Herzen lived abroad, Belinsky was dead, Granovsky was
means divert educated men whose will and brain were needed for the revolution
into the peaceful paths of the service of the reactionary state; propped up by such
liberal measures, the unjust order would continue and be strengthened.
'I am ready to admit . . . that I had no right to give our reactionary scum the
opportunity to seize on a name, a catchword; the writer in me should have
brought the sacrifice to the citizen-I admit the justice of my rejection by the young
and of all 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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