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Karamzin, Discussion on Education


  While reading Karamzin’s account of the popularization of reading in Russia during the 18th century I found several points that very much confirmed the spread and influence of Enlightenment ideas in the country, and in addition some points that left me wanting more information, further explanation.

        Karamzin explains that most reading materials were translations of European texts or newspapers reporting on events including foreign affairs- this therefore contributed to ideas of Enlightenment spreading to the noble as well as the general public. The fact that nobility enjoyed reading made it fashionable and with that the ideas they picked up from Western literature might have been popularized. Continue reading