The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

  • Author: Catherine the Great
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • ISBN: 9780307432438
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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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.

Catherine the Great

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

  • Author: Michael Streeter
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781905791064
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 167
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A fascinating life of a ruler who was deservedly styled 'the Great'

Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

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Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

Oh, These Times! and The Siberian Shaman

  • Author: Catherine II (Empress of Russia)
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9789057550232
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 79
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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.

Treasures of Catherine the Great

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Treasures of Catherine the Great

Treasures of Catherine the Great

  • Author: Somerset House (London, England),Geraldine Norman,Exhibition Treasures of Catherine the Great. 2000 - 2001, London
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles
  • Page: 255
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Presents an exhibition catalog of the art collection of Catherine the Great.

The Dramatic Works of Catherine the Great

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The Dramatic Works of Catherine the Great

The Dramatic Works of Catherine the Great

Theatre and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Russia

  • Author: Lurana Donnels O'Malley
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351891413
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 242
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The first in-depth study of Catherine the Great's plays and opera libretti, this book provides analysis and critical interpretation of the dramatic works by this eighteenth-century Russian Empress. These works are shown to be remarkable for their diversity, frank satire, topical subject matter, and stylistic innovations. O'Malley reveals comparisons to and influences from European traditions, including Shakespeare and Molière, and sets Catherine in the larger field of Russian literature in the period, further illuminating her relationship to the aesthetic debates of the period. The study investigates how Catherine expressed her social ideas throughout her drama and exploited the stage's power to promote political ideals and ideology. O'Malley sets close textual analysis within an historical framework, analyzing the major plays according to content, style, themes, characters, and relation to Catherine's life and political aims.

Catherine the Great

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

  • Author: Christine Hatt
  • Publisher: Evans Brothers
  • ISBN: 9780237522452
  • Category: Empresses
  • Page: 64
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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.

Catherine the Great and the French Philosophers of the Enlightenment

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Catherine the Great and the French Philosophers of the Enlightenment

Catherine the Great and the French Philosophers of the Enlightenment

Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and Grim

  • Author: Inna Gorbatov
  • Publisher: Academica Press,LLC
  • ISBN: 1933146036
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 259
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A research monograph that discusses the influence of Catherine of Russia on the leading figures of the French Enlightenment through her use of patronage, largess and political pressure. Also discusses French as the language of the Russian Court and the widespread distribution of French ideas and philosophical concepts in 18th c Russian society.

Catherine the Great

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

Love, Sex, and Power

  • Author: Virginia Rounding
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 9781429967983
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 592
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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.

The Life and Times of Catherine the Great

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The Life and Times of Catherine the Great

The Life and Times of Catherine the Great

  • Author: Karen Bush Gibson
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1612289037
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 48
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Considered one of the greatest female rulers, Catherine the Great was a German princess who ruled Russia for 34 years. She introduced reforms in government that led to widespread education, advances in medical care, and improvements in the legal system. Catherine was a voracious reader, and she took many ideas from her reading. She was particularly influenced by writers of the Enlightenment who focused on natural law and science. As one of Russia's longest rulers, she introduced arts and culture to Russia. Her influence led to the development of Russia as a world power in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Catherine the Great

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

Life and Legend

  • Author: John T. Alexander
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199874301
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 460
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One of the most colorful characters in modern history, Catherine II of Russia began her life as a minor German princess, until the childless Empress Elizabeth and Catherine's own scheming mother married her off to the Grand Duke Peter of Russia at age sixteen. By thirty-three, she had overthrown her husband in a bloodless coup and established herself as Empress of the multinational Russian Empire, the largest territorial political unit in modern history. Portrayed both as a political genius who restored to Russia the glory it had known in the days of Peter the Great and as a despotic foreign adventuress who usurped the Russian throne, murdered her rivals, and tyrannized her subjects, she was, by all accounts, an extraordinary woman. Catherine the Great, the first popular biography of the empress based on contemporary scholarship, provides a vivid portrait of Catherine as a mother, a lover, and, above all, an extremely savvy ruler. Concentrating on her long reign (1762-96), John Alexander examines all aspects of Catherine's life and career: the brilliant political strategies by which she won the acceptance of a nationalistic elite; her expansive foreign policy; the domestic reforms with which she revamped the Russian military, political structure, and economy; and, of course, her infamous love life. Beginning with an account of the dramatic palace revolt by which Catherine unseated her husband and a background chapter describing the circumstances of her early childhood and marriage, Alexander then proceeds chronologically through the thirty-four years of her reign. Presenting Catherine in more human terms than previous biographers have, Alexander includes numerous quotations from her reminiscences and notes. We learn, for instance, not only the names and number of her lovers, but her understanding of what many considered a shocking licentiousness. "The trouble is," she wrote, "that my heart would not willingly remain one hour without love." The result of twenty years' research by one of America's leading narrative historians of modern Russia, this truly impressive work offers a much-needed, balanced reappraisal of one of history's most scandal-ridden figures.