As a distant spectacle or, more often, as a forceful

intrusion into their lives, the revolution demanded contemporaries’ attention, affected

their careers, reshaped their sense of the possible. The awareness

of the potentiality of the masses, like the economists’ search

for an alternative mode of production, was a response to

the political passions and commitments that swept across Europe in

the tumult engendered by world war. Burden or opportunity, disaster

or triumph, politics in the years after the revolution was

everybody’s destiny.  The times influenced Lyuzhin, and, in  turn, he

molded the times to the dynamism of his inner vision.

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Paraphrases from the biography Beethoven after Napoleon: Political Romanticism in the Late Works by Stephen Rumph.

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