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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Russia and 1848
The Hedgehog and the Fox
Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty
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