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Law of Love and the Law of Violence

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ISBN-10: 0486475948

ISBN-13: 9780486475943

Edition: 2010

Authors: Leo Tolstoy

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This treatise expresses and explores a philosophy that has inspired Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others. Written just before World War I, it examines the conflicts within and among nations and articulates Tolstoy's famous dictum that it is morally superior to suffer violence than to do violence.
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Book details

List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Tolstoy's life was defined by moral and artistic seeking and by conflict with himself and his surroundings. Of the old nobility, he began by living the usual, dissipated life of a man of his class; however, his inner compulsion for moral self-justification led him in a different direction. In 1851 he became a soldier in the Caucasus and began to publish even while stationed there (Childhood [1852] and other works). Even more significant were his experiences during the Crimean War: the siege of Sevastopol provided the background for his sketches of human behavior in battle in the Sevastopol Stories (1855--56). After the war, Tolstoy mixed for a time with St. Petersburg literary society,…