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Does "this" refer to the fact that " Tolstoy's relationship with his wife deteriorated"?
And "this saw him seeking..." refers to "this witnessed him seeking..."?
However, their later life together has been described by A. N. Wilson as one of the unhappiest in literary history. Tolstoy's relationship with his wife deteriorated as his beliefs became increasingly radical. This saw him seeking to reject his inherited and earned wealth, including the renunciation of the copyrights on his earlier works.
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I believe that is badly written. 'This' apparently means his beliefs becoming increasingly radical.
No, 'see' is not used literally here. It could mean "caused" - "His radical beliefs caused him to reject his inheritance." But 'cause' is probably too strong. His rejection is strongly associated with his beliefs.
'See' is idiomatic. "Tom lost his job. This saw him eating only one meal a day."