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Power and Liberty
by Leo Tolstoy
In this essay, Tolstoy maintains his theory of great men as the myths and tickets of history. History, he asserts, must give up the idea that great men rule us, and busy itself with the discovery of the idea of humanity. One looks for the overthrow of the French Empire not in this or that decision of Napoleon, but in the various factors down to the corporal who enlisted ...more
Kindle Edition, 164 pages
Published February 25th 2013 by ChristieBooks
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May 16, 2014 Timothy Darling rated it really liked it
This book was apparently written during the formative times of Tolstoy's faith. He is already apparently gravitating toward pacifism. While he gives some thought to the idea of a philosophy of history aside from religion, he affirms at the end that a law of historic necessity would in no way hamper true religious belief. Indeed, he, for whatever reason, does not bring into his argument the idea of God's sovereignty. This may be because it is more a Protestant concern than an Orthodox one.
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...moreMore about Leo Tolstoy...