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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From this it is not far to Plekhanov's celebrated formula of 1903, 'the safety of the
revolution is the supreme law', which sanctioned the suspension of civil liberties;
and so to the April Theses, and the treatment of 'inviolability of the person' as a ...
means divert educated men whose will and brain were needed for the revolution
into the peaceful paths of the service of ... The activists argued that there was
nothing inevitable about revolutions: they were the fruit of human will and human
Men must be trained to make the revolution and destroy the present system and
all obstacles to social equality and democratic self-government. When this was
achieved, a democratic assembly was to be convened, and if those who made
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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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