"How Much Land Does A Man Need?"

Leo Tolstoy

Count Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a reformer - socially, religiously, a symbol of Russia's suffering. He happened to be an aristocrat, but his life was pointless and bleak until he joined the army. He was orphaned at nine, and at nineteen he took his share of the inheritance (he had three brothers and a sister) and gambled a quarter of it away within three years. In the army, he realized the sufferings of his people. He opened a school for his serfs' children. He was also fathering his own children with Sonya Andreyevna Bers, mother of his thirteen children. She copied his manuscripts for him and managed the estate. This allowed him to write and publish War and Peace and Anna Karenina, his greatest masterpeaces. But later, he condemned the aristocrat-centered works, and much of Russian society. He thought that ownership, capitalism, the church, and the czarist government were wrong. He lead a movement into a new Russia, later inspiring similar pacifists Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.


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