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Catherine the Great: autocrat and Empress of all Russia.

Author: Ian Grey
Publisher: Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1962, [©1961]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Catherine II of Russia was the most remarkable of the Enlightened Autocrats of the eighteenth century. She was a woman of compelling charm and elegance, a personality both enigmatic and fascinating. She had a prodigious appetite for work, great intellectual curiosity, boundless ambition and vanity, and at a time of license she was notorious for the number of her lovers. Her prodigal expenditure and her patronage of  Read more...
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Grey, Ian, 1918-
Catherine the Great: autocrat and Empress of all Russia.
Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1962, [©1961]
(OCoLC)647574423
Named Person: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Grey
OCLC Number: 1373144
Description: 254 pages illustrations 22 cm
Contents: The German princess, 1744 --
Russia in the reign of Elizabeth --
Marriage and the birth of an heir, 1744-54 --
The time of trial, 1754-62 --
Elizabeth and Catherine --
The empress dies, 1761 --
The empress consort, 1762 --
The uneasy empress, 1762-64 --
Russia, Prussia, and Poland, 1762-68 --
The enlightened empress, 1766-68 --
War and revolution, 1768-75 --
Potemkin, 1774-77 --
The reign of splendour, 1775-87 --
The academies --
Finance and reforms --
The time of triumphs, 1783-92 --
The ageing empress, 1790-96.

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Catherine II of Russia was the most remarkable of the Enlightened Autocrats of the eighteenth century. She was a woman of compelling charm and elegance, a personality both enigmatic and fascinating. She had a prodigious appetite for work, great intellectual curiosity, boundless ambition and vanity, and at a time of license she was notorious for the number of her lovers. Her prodigal expenditure and her 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: indeed, Voltaire's apostrophe -- "Happy the writer who a century hence will produce the history of Catherine II" -- well reflects the approach of most historians to her. But Catherine and her reign need to be examined afresh. - Preface.

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