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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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Presents the memoirs of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, who came to power after her husband was overthrown in a coup d'âetat and was viewed as an enlightened monarch.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Release: 2005
File: 247 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780812969870

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Presents the memoirs of Catherine the Great, empress of Russia, who came to power after her husband was overthrown in a coup d'âetat and was viewed as an enlightened monarch.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
Publisher:
Release: 2005
File: 247 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015061450345

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Dutiful daughter, frustrated wife, passionate lover, domineering mother, doting grandmother, devoted friend, tireless legislator, generous patron of artists and philosophers—the Empress Catherine II, the Great, was all these things, and more. Her reign, the longest in Russian Imperial history, lasted from 1762 until her death in 1796; during those years she built on the work begun by her most famous predecessor, Peter the Great, to establish Russia as a major European power and to transform its new capital, St Petersburg, into a city to rival Paris and London in the beauty of its architecture, the glittering splendor of its Court and the magnificence of its art collections. Yet the great Catherine was not even Russian by birth and had no legitimate claim to the Russian throne; she seized it and held on to it, through wars, rebellions and plagues, by the force of her personality, by her charm and determination, and by an unshakable belief in her own destiny. This is the story of Catherine the woman, whom power alone could never satisfy, for she also wanted love, affection, friendship and humor. She found these in letter-writing, in grandchildren, in gardens, architecture and greyhounds—as well as in a succession of lovers which gave rise to salacious rumors throughout Europe. The real Catherine, however, was more interesting than any rumor. Using many of Catherine's own words from her voluminous correspondence and other documents, as well as contemporary accounts by courtiers, ambassadors and foreign visitors, Virginia Rounding penetrates the character of this most powerful, fascinating and surprisingly sympathetic of eighteenth-century women.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Virginia Rounding
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release: 2007-02-06
File: 592 Pages
ISBN-13: 1429967986

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Author: Katharina II. (Russland, Zarin)
Publisher:
Release: 1961
File: Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:959229009

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Author: Ekaterina II (Carina Rossii.)
Publisher:
Release: 1955
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:82033577

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Genre: Russia
Author: Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
Publisher:
Release: 1859
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105041508495

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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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Princess Yekaterina Romanovna Vorontsova-Dashkova (1743 – 1810) was a leading figure of the Russian Enlightenment and the closest female friend of Empress Catherine the Great. By her own account, she played a critical role in the coup d'état by which the autocratic Peter III was overthrown and Catherine was raised to the throne. In her travels abroad, she met Diderot, Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin. Catherine later named her the first female head of the Imperial Academy of Arts and Sciences, and then the Russian Academy.

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Genre: History
Author: Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova
Publisher: Ravenio Books
Release: 2014-03-08
File: Pages
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Genre: Empresses
Author: Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
Publisher:
Release: 1955
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015002178278

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