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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At other times, more innocently, he calls merely for a revolt against all fathers and
all schoolmasters: children must be free to choose their own careers; we want '
neither demigods nor slaves', but an equal society, above all not differentiated by
Or he may live at the centre of his society, being connected 'organically' with the
emotions and state of mind of his community. Belinsky knew, as only true social
critics do, where the centre of moral gravity of a book, an opinion, an author, ...
This for the moment broke through the rigid stratification of Russian society. The
salient features of this society included a semi- literate, state-dominated, largely
corrupt Church; a small, incompletely westernised, ill-trained bureaucracy ...
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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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