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Title The Soviet mind : Russian culture under communism / Isaiah Berlin ; edited by Henry Hardy with a new introduction ; foreword by Strobe Talbott ; glossary by Helen Rappaport.
Author Berlin, Isaiah, 1909-1997, author.
Publication Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2016.
Edition Brookings classic edition.
Description lii, 261 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Call # 947.085 B
Series A Brookings classic
Brookings classics.
Summary "With a revised foreword by Brookings President Strobe Talbott and a new introduction by Berlin's editor, Henry Hardy. George Kennan, the architect of US policy toward the Soviet Union, called Isaiah Berlin 'the patron saint among the commentators of the Russian scene.' In The Soviet Mind, Berlin proves himself fully worthy of that accolade. Although the essays in this book were originally written to explore the tensions between Soviet communism and Russian culture, the thinking about the Russian mind that emerges is as relevant today under Putin's post-communist Russia as it was when this book first appeared more than a decade ago. This Brookings Classic brings together Berlin's writings about the Soviet Union. Among the highlights are accounts of Berlin's meetings with the Russian writers in the aftermath of the war; a celebrated memorandum he wrote for the British Foreign Office in 1945 about the state of the arts under Stalin; Berlin's account of Stalin's manipulative 'artificial dialectic'; portraits of Pasternak and poet Osip Mandel'shtam; Berlin's survey of Russian culture based on a visit in 1956; and a postscript reflecting on the fall of the Berlin Wall and other events in 1989. Henry Hardy prepared the essays for publication; his introductory discussions describe their history. In his foreword, revised for this new edition, Brookings's Strobe Talbott, a long-time expert on Russia and the Soviet Union, relates the essays to Berlin's other work. The essays and other pieces in The Soviet Mind-which includes a new essay, 'Marxist versus Non-Marxist Ideas in Soviet Policy,' and a summary of a talk on communism-represent Berlin at his most brilliant, and are invaluable for policy-makers, students and anyone interested in Russian politics and thought-past, present and future"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Foreword to the Brookings Classic edition / Strobe Talbott -- Editor's introduction to the first edition -- Editor's introduction to the Brookings classic edition -- The arts in Russia under Stalin -- A visit to Leningrad -- A great Russian writer -- Conversations with Akhmatova and Pasternak -- Boris Pasternak -- Why the Soviet Union chooses to insulate itself -- The artificial dialectic : Generalissimo Stalin and the art of government -- Four weeks in the Soviet Union -- Soviet Russian culture -- The survival of the Russian intelligentsia -- Appendix: Marxist versus Non-Marxist Ideas in Soviet Policy; Communism.
Subject Soviet Union -- Intellectual life.
Arts -- Political aspects -- Soviet Union.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union.
Politics and culture -- Soviet Union.
Berlin, Isaiah, 1909-1997 -- Travel -- Soviet Union.
Berlin, Isaiah, 1909-1997. (OCoLC)fst01439111
Arts -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00817791
Communism -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00870450
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Politics and culture. (OCoLC)fst01069952
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Soviet Union. (OCoLC)fst01210281
Addl. Author Hardy, Henry, editor.
Related To Online version: Berlin, Isaiah, 1909-1997, author. Soviet mind Brookings classic edition. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2016 9780815728887 (DLC) 2016034500
ISBN 9780815728870 paperback alkaline paper :
0815728875 paperback alkaline paper

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