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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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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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Genre: Nobility
Author: Paul Dukes
Publisher: CUP Archive
Release: 1967
File: 269 Pages
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Genre: Russia
Author: Miriam Kochan
Publisher: Hodder Wayland
Release: 1976
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: WISC:89098064157

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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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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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This picture of the Russian ruler as a woman shows that Catherine was engulfed in such intrigue and conflict that she had to rule or to perish. The eventual murder of her husband, her dizzying succession of lovers were only the outward scandalous appurtenances of a court and an era that were still... brutal and primitive.

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Genre: Catherine the Great
Author: Zoé Oldenbourg
Publisher:
Release: 1965
File: 378 Pages
ISBN-13: MINN:31951002142661C

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Catherine the Great ruled Russia from 1762 to 1796. The book examines her reforms, her foreign policies, the history of the Russian imperial family and the nature of Russian society in the eighteenth century. The `Judge for yourself' section encourages critical debate on the success of her policies.

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Genre: Empresses
Author: Christine Hatt
Publisher: Evans Brothers
Release: 2002
File: 64 Pages
ISBN-13: 0237522454

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