Letter to Karel Zap

In 1843 Havlíček went to Moscow, where he accepted a position as a tutor. At first, he was enchanted by Russia and saw attachment to it as the only salvation from German oppression. His initial enthusiasm soon turned into critical scepticism. He saw no reason why the Czech nation should exchange Viennese absolutism for Russian autocracy. He expressed his opinion in a drawing of a fist clenching a whip with the inscription, " It's a dog-eat-dog place.There are no laws here. Everyone is either a fool or a master."

Subject: The 19th Century in Us
Author: Havlíček, Karel
Title: Letter to Karel Zap
Date: 16 January 1843
Origin: Karel Havlíček Collection
Licence: Free license

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