Thearticle ‘AJourney from St. Petersburg to Moscow’talksabout the family of Aleksdandr Nikolaevich Radishchev. It states thatthe father of the above mentioned gentleman was very much liked andtrusted by his peasants and the gentry of his district. It is evenindicated that his peasants protected him from the PugachevRebellion. In this rebellion many of the proprietors were murderedwhile he was protected. What are the qualities that he had that madehim be liked this much. What did he do to the peasants so that theywould feel that it was their duty to protect him from the rebellion?[ CITATION Rad58 p 261 l 1033 ]
WhenRadishchev wanted to publish his book he did print it anonymousthough it was very simple for the empress to discover who had writtenthe book. This raises the question why he was taking an anonymousstatus. Is it that he did not want to be associated with the book oris it that he was so afraid of the emperor that he would not like tobe identified as the writer of the book. Again, if the empressidentified him as the writer of the book, what were theconsequences?[ CITATION Rad58 p 264 l 1033 ]
Inthe Journey, Radishchev talks so much of suicide and even picks thewords of Cato that by committing suicide one becomes his own master.Is it possible for one to be a ruler of oneself after death? Cansuicide be referred to as the path to self governance?[ CITATION Rad58 p 266 l 1033 ].
Raeffhas given an account of how civilization was adopted in the Russiansociety. Civilization was adopted differently by the westerners, andthose who only came in the European zone (Raeff, 1966, p. 149).
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RadischevquoteA Journey fromSt. Petersburg to Moscow, p. 266
Hehad foreseen his end long before and had prophesied it himself!
Radishchev, A. N. (1958). A Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Harvard : Harvard University Press .
Raeff,M. (1966). “The Impact of western ideas” In the origins of theRussian Intelligentsia: the eighteenth century nobility. New York:Harvest