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What Shall We Do?

Gelesen von Joanna Michal Hoyt

(4,983 Sterne; 30 Bewertungen)

A vivid description of wealth and poverty in Russia in Tolstoy's day, an inquiry into the root causes of economic inequality, and a vision of a more just way of living.

Tolstoy recounts his own disturbing encounters with extreme poverty in Moscow, his initial idea of making the problem disappear by generous financial contributions, and his subsequent realization that the problem of poverty was much more intractable than he had imagined. He concludes that poverty is fundamentally linked with the luxurious lifestyle to which he and his class were accustomed, and that both are detrimental both to the rich and to the poor. He goes on to investigate the roots of power imbalances, both in the state and in markets, and to make suggestions for a fundamental social and economic reform in the interest of justice and well-being. Both his social critique and his proposed reforms are grounded in a deeply held and somewhat unorthodox religious faith, as well as in a vigorously applied but somewhat unconventional view of science.

Unfortunately he also expresses some views on the role and duties of women and the use of birth control which some readers may find offensive. This material is mostly contained in Chapter 40, the last chapter. (Summary by Joanna Michal Hoyt) (11 hr 0 min)

Chapters

Epigraph

2:59

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Chapter I

8:35

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Chapter II

14:28

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Chapter III

13:30

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Chapter IV

6:36

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Chapter V

9:05

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Chapter VI

7:02

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Chapter VII

6:32

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Chapter VIII

12:42

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Chapter IX

6:05

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Chapter X

12:05

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Chapter XI

6:51

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Chapter XII

9:36

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Chapter XIII

16:13

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Chapter XIV

14:12

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Chapter XV

13:55

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Chapter XVI

11:12

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Chapter XVII

21:03

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Chapter XVIII

30:08

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Chapter XIX

14:04

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Chapter XX

28:32

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Chapter XXI

36:38

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Chapter XXII

11:41

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Chapter XXIII

8:03

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Chapter XXIV

27:59

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Chapter XXV

20:56

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Chapter XXVI

17:18

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Chapter XXVII

18:00

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Chapter XXVIII

11:29

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Chapter XXIX

17:27

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Chapter XXX

20:34

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Chapter XXXI

14:35

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Chapter XXXII

10:39

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Chapter XXXIII

6:18

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Chapter XXXIV

23:42

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Chapter XXXV

3:38

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Chapter XXXVI

19:59

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Chapter XXXVII

15:45

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Chapter XXXVIII

45:01

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Chapter XXXIX

36:05

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Chapter XL

29:04

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Bewertungen

As always Tolstoy has the creative gift to touch my soul.

(5 Sterne)