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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They were prepared to learn and more than learn- to become the most devoted
and assiduous disciples of the most advanced thinkers of western Europe, but
the teachings of Hegel and the German materialists, of Mill, Spencer and Comte,
admirer of the Roman Church and the western tradition, and an aristocratic
opponent of the Slavophil obsession with eastern orthodoxy and Byzantium; he
was a figure of the right, not the left, but he was an avowed and fearless critic of
They were not mystical nationalists. They believed only that Russia was a
backward nation which had not reached the stage of social and economic
development at which the western nations (whether or not they could have
avoided this) had ...
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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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