By Tony Benn
During this ultimate quantity of diaries, Tony Benn displays at the compensations and the dangers of outdated age.
With the aid of a small circle of buddies and his nuclear family, he keeps his actions on behalf of social justice, peace and responsibility in public existence, to a historical past of political swap and the overseas fiscal crisis.
Following an disorder in 2009 the diaries, saved for over sixty years, stop. released the following along those final diaries are Tony Benn's hugely own insights into the demanding situations of previous age and failing well-being, of widowhood,and of relocating out of the relations domestic after sixty years.
Finally, we proportion in Tony Benn's hopes for the longer term in line with his years of expertise and his typical optimism.
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Xiv, pA). One Soviet commentator attributed Engels' attitude towards Russia to the influence of anti-Russian bias of the Western European press and the biased works of Western historians at the time. xxiv). An attempt has been made to 'correct' Engels on many points and to 'Russify', so to speak, Marx himself. Every scrap of evidence of favourable interest in Russia on the part of Marx and Engels has been exploited to the full in Soviet writings. Some of it was found in the praise that Engels had for the Russian soldiers, for 'the brilliant operation of the defenders of Sebastopol, the skills of the military engineers, combined with their usual tenacity'.
In contrast to this official xenophobia, the history of Russia offers abundant evidence of susceptibility to foreign influence. As far back as the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, individual Russians who came in contact with foreigners and succumbed to the influence of foreign ideas attempted to flee their native land. Political emigration and the importance for Russians to travel abroad in the pre-Soviet period is a well known fact. As late as 1913 the Duma debated the government policy of permitting only politically reliable students to study abroad.
It will be defined in this study as Soviet Russian ideology. In this respect it is essential to devote a great deal of attention to the question of the influence that Russian history, tradition and her geographical location exerted on the shaping of Soviet society as we know it today, and especially to the role that these factors together with Russian nationalism play in Soviet military thought. As this study will indicate, the Soviets have succeeded in fusing communist ideology with Russian national traditions - a fusion which meets the need of Russian society to retain its links with the past.
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries (Tony Benn Diaries, Volume 9) by Tony Benn