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Isaia Berlin

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Date of Birth: 06/06/1909

Age: 88

Place of birth: Riga

Citizenship: United Kingdom

Background

His dad sold the wood, and family law did not apply to the Pale of Settlement.

Berlins lived in St. Petersburg. In 1920, the parents managed to escape from Soviet Russia and move to England. Isaiah was sent to a prestigious school, after which he became a student at the University of Oxford.

After graduating, he stayed in Oxford, where he read lectures on the history of philosophy and political thought.

It came the Second World War, and was replaced by Professor Isaiah Berlin chair of the Foreign Service. At first he worked in the USA, and in 1945, poskolkurussky language was native to him, he went to Moscow to work at the British Embassy. It is the duty of his to read Soviet newspapers and read, as they say, between the lines, all that is so carefully concealed propaganda crackle and blaze a set of stereotypes enthusiasm. The work of Isaiah Berlin in Moscow was highly appreciated in London. He was awarded the Order of the Empire - the highest award of the UK, and later, in 1957, was elevated to a knighthood. He was prisvoenozvanie "sir." The following years he was a professor at Oxford University.

His first book, "Karl Marx: His Life and environment" Isaiah Berlin published in 1939.

Isaiah Berlin was one of those who, like Friedrich Hayek, Lord Acton, Karl Popper, in spite of the enthusiasm reigned pink realized the essence of Marxism and the Soviet model.

Part of the work of Berlin linked to the history of political thought in Russia of the XIX century. One is from the collection of his works, "Russian Thinkers" consists of essays on Belinsky, Herzen, Turgenev, Chernyshevsky, Lev Tolstoy, Dostoevsky.

But Berlin - not only the historian and philosopher, he is also a talented writer.

In 1945, for the first time after a 10-year-old boy was taken away from Russia, Isaiah Berlin has arrived in the Soviet Union.

The philosopher and wise man, he did not live to see his 90th birthday two years and wanted to step into the XXI century, because "this age of the worst of all, the experienced Europe."