Isaac and Isaiah

Isaac and Isaiah

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Rancorous and highly public disagreements between Isaiah Berlin and Isaac Deutscher escalated to the point of cruel betrayal in the mid-1960s, yet surprisingly the details of the episode have escaped historiansa€™ scrutiny. In this gripping account of the ideological clash between two of the most influential scholars of Cold War politics, David Caute uncovers a hidden story of passionate beliefs, unresolved antagonism, and the high cost of reprisal to both victim and perpetrator. Though Deutscher (1907a€“1967) and Berlin (1909a€“1997) had much in commona€”each arrived in England in flight from totalitarian violence, quickly mastered English, and found entry into the Anglo-American intellectual world of the 1950sa€”Berlin became one of the presiding voices of Anglo-American liberalism, while Deutscher remained faithful to his Leninist heritage, resolutely defending Soviet conduct despite his rejection of Stalina€™s tyranny. Caute combines vivid biographical detail with an acute analysis of the issues that divided these two icons of Cold War politics, and brings to light for the first time the full severity of Berlina€™s action against Deutscher.Because of this he has put the people very close to him, as well as his friends, in such a horribly difficult position? In addition, Akhmatova revealed a degree of personal asperity, detesting Pasternaka#39;s attachment to Olga Ivinskaya, whom she refused to receive: a#39;I do not wish to meet with this bandit? ... Hi5 fictional characters were mere mouthpieces of the author.22 As we have seen, Berlin shared someanbsp;...

Title:Isaac and Isaiah
Author: David Caute
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2013-08-06

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