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Catherine the Great : a short history

Author: Isabel de Madariaga
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2002.
Series: Yale Nota bene.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [2nd ed.]View all editions and formats
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Ivan IV, 'the Terrible' (1533-1584) is one of the key figures in Russian history, yet he has remained among the most neglected. Notorious for pioneering a policy of unrestrained terror - and for killing his own son - he has been credited with establishing autocracy in Russia. This is the first attempt to write a biography of Ivan from birth to death, to study his policies, his marriages, his atrocities, his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, impératrice de Russie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isabel de Madariaga
ISBN: 0300097220 9780300097221
OCLC Number: 54054660
Description: x, 240 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Catherine seizes power in the Russian empire --
Russian society in 1762 --
Catherine's first years --
The first Turkish War --
The crisis of the 1770s --
The reform of local administration and of the legal system --
The armed neutrality and the annexation of Crimea --
Catherine's influence on Russian cultural life --
Catherine's educational policy --
Catherine's social policy --
How Catherine governed --
How the people lived --
The war with Turkey and Sweden, and the destruction of Poland --
Catherine's economic policy --
Catherine and the French Revolution --
Catherine as woman and ruler --
Bibliographical note --
Glossary --
Weights and measures --
Genealogical table --
Administrative charts --
Maps --
Index.
Series Title: Yale Nota bene.
Responsibility: Isabel De Madariaga.

Abstract:

Ivan IV, 'the Terrible' (1533-1584) is one of the key figures in Russian history, yet he has remained among the most neglected. Notorious for pioneering a policy of unrestrained terror - and for killing his own son - he has been credited with establishing autocracy in Russia. This is the first attempt to write a biography of Ivan from birth to death, to study his policies, his marriages, his atrocities, his disordered personality, and to link them as a coherent whole. Isabel de Madariaga situates Ivan within the background of Russian political developments in the sixteenth century. And, with revealing comparisons with English, Spanish and other European courts, she sets him within the international context of his time. The biography includes a new account of the role of astrology and magic at Ivan's court, and provides fresh insights into his foreign policy. Facing up to problems of authenticity (much of Ivan's archive was destroyed by fire in 1626) and controversies which have paralysed western scholarship, de Madariaga seeks to present Russia as viewed from the Kremlin rather than from abroad and comprehend the full tragedy of Ivan's reign.

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