In these pages Tolstoy is pondering the cause and effect of historical events. He argues that history is wrong in attributing cause of historic human events to a handful of leaders. Instead, he says, the events cause the leaders to emerge.
"The sum of individual human wills produced the revolution and Napoleon, and only the sum of those wills endured them and then destroyed them."
from page 273-274, volume 2 of original text
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Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 822-823