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Empress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia, and Russia to Europe, during her long and eventful reign (1762—96). She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire created by Czar Ivan the Terrible, shifting the balance of power in Europe eastward. Famous for her will to power and for her dozen lovers, Catherine was also a prolific and gifted writer. Fluent in French, Russian, and German, Catherine published political theory, journalism, comedies, operas, and history, while writing thousands of letters as she corresponded with Voltaire and other public figures. The Memoirs of Catherine the Great provides an unparalleled window into eighteenth-century Russia and the mind of an absolute ruler. With insight, humor, and candor, Catherine presents her eyewitness account of history, from her whirlwind entry into the Russian court in 1744 at age fourteen as the intended bride of Empress Elizabeth I’s nephew, the eccentric drunkard and future Peter III, to her unhappy marriage; from her two children, several miscarriages, and her and Peter’s numerous affairs to the political maneuvering that enabled Catherine to seize the throne from him in 1762. Catherine’s eye for telling details makes for compelling reading as she describes the dramatic fall and rise of her political fortunes. This definitive new translation from the French is scrupulously faithful to her words and is the first for which translators have consulted original manuscripts written in Catherine’s own hand. It is an indispensable work for anyone interested in Catherine the Great, Russian history, or the eighteenth century.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Catherine the Great
Publisher: Modern Library
Release: 2007-12-18
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 0307432432

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A fascinating life of a ruler who was deservedly styled 'the Great'

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Michael Streeter
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Release: 2007
File: 167 Pages
ISBN-13: 1905791062

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Neither a comprehensive 'life and times' nor a conventional biography, this is an engaging and accessible exploration of rulership and monarchial authority in eighteenth century Russia. Its purpose is to see how Catherine II of Russia conceived of her power and how it was represented to her subjects. Simon Dixon asks essential questions about Catherin'es life and reign, and offers new and stimulating arguments about the Englightenment, the power of the monarch in early modern Europe, and the much-debated role of the "great individual" in history.

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Genre: History
Author: Simon Dixon
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2015-10-23
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781317894834

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The reign of Russia's notorious Empress is examined in a thorough account of her German childhood, marriage to a Grand Duke and overthrow of his government, her infamous love life, and her multinational rule lasting more than three decades

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: John T. Alexander
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release: 1989
File: 418 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015013331213

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Catherine II of Russia was the most remarkable monarch of the eighteenth century. New York Times bestselling historian Ian Grey paints an illuminating portrait of an enigmatic woman of compelling charm and elegance. She had a prodigious appetite for work, great curiosity, and boundless ambition and vanity, and she was notorious for the number of her lovers. Her prodigal expenditures and patronage of the arts made her reign an era of splendor while her foreign policy and conquests carried Russian power and prestige to new heights. She cast a spell over most of her contemporaries in Russia and in Western Europe, and the spell has lingered. Here, in this book, is the dramatic story of an obscure German princess, without beauty or special advantage, but with courage, charisma, and determination, who became one of the arbiters of the affairs of Europe and renowned in history.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Ian Grey
Publisher: New Word City
Release: 2016-07-18
File: 475 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781612309644

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Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress's life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Robert K. Massie
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
Release: 2012
File: 639 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780345408778

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The Siberian shaman: Cast gender - mixed; number - 10 males, 5 females (total 15); size - large; length - 5 acts, 53 scenes. Satire on shamanism as a deceitful profession which preys on the gullible.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release: 1998
File: 79 Pages
ISBN-13: 9057550237

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Genre: Nobility
Author: Paul Dukes
Publisher: CUP Archive
Release: 1967
File: 269 Pages
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'Your Majesty may find it extraordinary that I should answer with a shipment of fruit your letter of 6 August, in which you inform me that you are sending the plan for a treaty, and that of the 8 September, in which you are so good as to share with me equally important intelligence. Things big and small often come from the same source: my watermelons derive from the same principles as our planned alliance...' (To Frederick the Great) Catherine the Great's letters present a vivid picture of Russia in a momentous age. They also offer a unique account of her personal development and intimate life, her strategic acumen as a diplomat and military commander, and her political skills at the Russian court and in handling foreign monarchs. Born a German princess, Catherine married into the Russian royal family and came to the throne after a coup. As absolute ruler for 34 years she presided over the expansion of the Russian empire, legislated actively to reform the country in keeping with the principles of the Enlightenment, actively promoted the arts and sciences, and in her correspondence engaged with the most renowned minds in Europe, among them Diderot and Voltaire. Her letters are her literary masterpiece, written to a wide circle of associates and friends, not least her most celebrated lover and ally, Potemkin. Combining her wit, charm, and quick eye for detail, they entertain and tell the griping story of a self-made woman and legendary ruler. This edition of the letters offers a taste of Catherine's entire writing career, with biographies of Catherine's addressees, a thorough overview of her reign and an analysis of Catherine's literary skill as a letter-writer. Organized chronologically and thematically into six periods, each section also features an introduction to the domestic, personal and foreign policy contexts out of which her letters emerge.

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Genre: History
Author: Catherine The Great
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2018-07-19
File: 480 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780191056130

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Recounts the story of the eighteenth-century Empress of Russia, describing her life as wife, mother, and ruler.

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Genre: History
Author: Leslie McGuire
Publisher: Chelsea House Pub
Release: 1986
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: WISC:89079863726

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