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The Meaning of History

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In her brilliant new opening essay, Banerjee says of Berdyaev "he was never more than a curious but unwelcome guest in history. He fearlessly engaged it on the level of ideas while remaining alien to its means and ends, gifted with an incurable longing for transcendence." Witness to two world wars, Berdyaev observed the destruction of established cultures in the traumatic ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Transaction Publishers (first published 1977)
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Steve Evans
Mar 28, 2012 Steve Evans rated it it was amazing
This is a typical Berdyaev hot little number if one can be so bold - a rave about history that manages to turn the subject inside out, so that what most people would ordinary consider to be "history" isn't, and that what "really" is history is what most people would scoff at if it was suggested. A fun read of a book by a great, inspired and sometimes too effusive mind.
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Sep 12, 2012 Public_enemy rated it it was amazing
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View on the history which is opposite to Marxist dialectics. It don't need to be considered as negation but as supplement of it. The book is rich with many excellent metaphysic insights, and I think the core theme especially is confrontation between Hellenism, Judaism and Christianity. Of course, keep in mind there are some idealistic nonsenses which you need to take with a caution, but overall this book has greatly enriched my understanding of history because this is its only concept that can c ...more
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Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev was born at Kiev in 1874 of an aristocratic family. He commenced his education in a military school and subsequently entered the University of Kiev. There he accepted Marxism and took part in political agitation, for which he was expelled. At twenty-five he was exiled from Kiev to the north of Russia and narrowly escaped a second period of exile shortly before the Re ...more
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