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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great
  • Author : Catherine the Great
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  • Release Date :2007-12-18
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 9780307432438
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Summary : 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
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  • Release Date :2007
  • Total pages :167
  • ISBN : 9781905791064
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Summary : A fascinating life of a ruler who was deservedly styled 'the Great'

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
  • Author : Robert K. Massie
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  • Release Date :2012
  • Total pages :639
  • ISBN : 0345408772
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Summary : 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.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
  • Author : Simon Dixon
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  • Release Date :2015-10-23
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 1317894839
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Summary : 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 : John T. Alexander,Professor of History Russian and East European Studies John T Alexander
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  • Release Date :1989
  • Total pages :418
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Summary : 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

Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

Two Comedies by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
  • Author : Catherine II (Empress of Russia),O'Malley. Lurana Donnels,Catherine Great
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  • Release Date :1998
  • Total pages :79
  • ISBN : 9789057550232
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Summary : 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: Selected Letters

Catherine the Great: Selected Letters
  • Author : Catherine The Great
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  • Release Date :2018-07-19
  • Total pages :480
  • ISBN : 0191056138
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Summary : '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 : Ian Grey
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  • Release Date :2016-07-18
  • Total pages :475
  • ISBN : 161230964X
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Summary : 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 : Miriam Kochan
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  • Release Date :1976
  • Total pages :96
  • ISBN :
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Catherine the Great and the Russian Nobility

Catherine the Great and the Russian Nobility
  • Author : Paul Dukes
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  • Release Date :1967
  • Total pages :269
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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
  • Author : Leslie McGuire
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  • Release Date :1986
  • Total pages :112
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Summary : 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
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  • Release Date :2017-09-29
  • Total pages :242
  • ISBN : 1351891405
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Summary : 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

Catherine the Great
  • Author : Zoé Oldenbourg
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  • Release Date :1965
  • Total pages :378
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Summary : 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
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  • Release Date :2002
  • Total pages :64
  • ISBN : 9780237522452
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Summary : 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 : Virginia Rounding
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  • Release Date :2007-02-06
  • Total pages :592
  • ISBN : 9781429967983
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Summary : 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.