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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great
Author : Catherine the Great
Publisher : Modern Library
Release Date : 2007-12-18
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :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

Catherine the Great
Author : Michael Streeter
Publisher : Haus Publishing
Release Date : 2007
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :167
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A fascinating life of a ruler who was deservedly styled 'the Great'

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
Author : Simon Dixon
Publisher : Routledge
Release Date : 2015-10-23
Category : History
Total pages :208
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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.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
Author : Robert K. Massie
Publisher : Random House Incorporated
Release Date : 2012
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :639
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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.

Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Author : Catherine II (Empress of Russia),Catherine Great
Publisher : Psychology Press
Release Date : 1998
Category : Fiction
Total pages :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.

Catherine the Great and the Russian Nobility

Catherine the Great and the Russian Nobility
Author : Paul Dukes
Publisher : CUP Archive
Release Date : 1967
Category : Nobility
Total pages :269
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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
Author : Miriam Kochan
Publisher : Hodder Wayland
Release Date : 1976
Category : Russia
Total pages :96
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Catherine the Great: Selected Letters

Catherine the Great: Selected Letters
Author : Catherine The Great
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release Date : 2018-07-19
Category : History
Total pages :480
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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.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
Author : John T. Alexander,Professor of History Russian and East European Studies John T Alexander
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date : 1989
Category : Business & Economics
Total pages :418
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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

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
Author : Ian Grey
Publisher : New Word City
Release Date : 2016-07-18
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :475
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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.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
Author : Zoé Oldenbourg
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1965
Category : Catherine the Great
Total pages :378
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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.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
Author : Christine Hatt
Publisher : Evans Brothers
Release Date : 2002
Category : Empresses
Total pages :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

Catherine the Great
Author : Leslie McGuire
Publisher : Chelsea House Pub
Release Date : 1986
Category : History
Total pages :112
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Recounts the story of the eighteenth-century Empress of Russia, describing her life as wife, mother, and ruler.

The Dramatic Works of Catherine the Great

The Dramatic Works of Catherine the Great
Author : Lurana Donnels O'Malley
Publisher : Routledge
Release Date : 2017-09-29
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :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.

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
Release Date : 2000
Category : Antiques & Collectibles
Total pages :255
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Presents an exhibition catalog of the art collection of Catherine the Great.