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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After disposing of the heroic theory of history, Tolstoy turns with even greater
savagery upon scientific sociology, which claims to have discovered laws of
history, but cannot possibly have found any, because the number of causes upon
Whether or not the passage is literally autobiographical -and there is little in
Tolstoy's writing that, in one way or another, is not-Eikhenbaum's theory seems,
in general, valid. Tolstoy was by nature not a visionary; he saw the manifold
They shared the democratic ideals of the European radicals of their day, and in
addition believed that the struggle between social and economic classes was the
determining factor in politics; they held this theory not in its Marxist form (which ...
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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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