The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great provides an unparalleled window into eighteenth-century Russia and the mind of an absolute ruler.

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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.

An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers

CATHERINE II literary reputation abroad should be mainly based upon these memoirs of her life before she became empress . ... She may have demonstrated greater originality in some of her letters to friends , particularly those to her ...

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Author: Katharina M. Wilson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0824085477

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 698

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First Published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Catherine the Great

A biography of the German princess who became the absolute ruler of the Russian empire and won for herself the reputation of being a great enlightened monarch.

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Author: Christine Hatt

Publisher: World Almanac Education

ISBN: 0836855353

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 68

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A biography of the German princess who became the absolute ruler of the Russian empire and won for herself the reputation of being a great enlightened monarch.

The Princess the Patriot

Martha and Catherine Wilmot , The Russian Journals of Martha and Catherine Wilmot . eds . The Marchioness of Londonberry and H. Montgomery Hyde ( London , 1935 ) , p . 142 . 7. Dashkova , Memoirs , p . 34 . 8. f . 5154 , no . 2015 . 9.

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Author: Sue Ann Prince

Publisher: American Philosophical Society

ISBN: 0871699613

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 129

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Queenship in Early Modern Europe

Peter Petschauer, “Catherine the Great's Conversion of 1744,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas Neue Folge, Bd. 20, 25. H. 2 (June 1972), 179–193. ... The Memoirs of Catherine the Great, Markus Hoogenboomeds Cruse, ed.

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Author: Charles Beem

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350307179

Category: History

Page: 274

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Offering a fascinating survey of European queenship from 1500-1800, with each chapter beginning with a discussion of the archetypal queens of Western, Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe, Charles Beem explores the particular nature of the regional forms and functions of queenship – including consorts, queens regnant, dowagers and female regents – while interrogating our understanding of the dynamic operations of queenship as a transnational phenomenon in European history. Incorporating detailed discussions of gender and material culture, this book encourages both instructors and student readers to engage in meaningful further research on queenship. This is an excellent overview of an exciting area of historical research and is the perfect companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students of History with an interest in queens and queenship.

Catherine the Great Selected Letters

Catherine would have preferred that they be published only after her death, so that she could avoid possible accusations of vanity; when the editors of Voltaire's works printed them ... 1 The Memoirs of Catherine the Great, trans.

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Author: Catherine The Great

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191056123

Category: History

Page: 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.

The Memoirs of Princess Dashkova

"This memoir tell the story of a woman who at age eighteen played an important role in the coup that brought Catherine the Great to the throne. The relationship between these two women, often tense, is a central theme throughout this story.

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Author: Ekaterina R. Daškova

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822316218

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 356

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"This memoir tell the story of a woman who at age eighteen played an important role in the coup that brought Catherine the Great to the throne. The relationship between these two women, often tense, is a central theme throughout this story. Dashkova, occupying the highly unusual position of both stateswoman and mother, also reveals her own path between the demands and limitations of the private and public spheres of her society. She provides a view of the expectations of Russian aristocratic women, the possibilities available to them, and the ways in which gender roles were conceived in the eighteenth century."--[book cover].

Readings in Russian Civilization Volume II

20 CATHERINE THE GREAT'S "INSTRUCTIONS" excerpts Catherine II was the only intellectual ever to sit on the Russian ... The Memoirs of Catherine the Great (paperback) , edited by Dominique Maroger, are a source of prime importance.

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Author: Thomas Riha

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226718441

Category: History

Page: 294

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"This new and enlarged version of Readings in Russian Civilization is the result of fairly extensive revisions. There are now 72 instead of 64 items; 20 of the selections are new. The first volume has undergone the least change with 3 new items, of which 2 appear in English for the first time. In the second volume there are 6 new items; all of them appear in English for the first time. The third volume has undergone the greatest revision, with 11 new items, of which 6 are newly translated from the Russian. It is the editor's hope that items left out in the new edition will not be sorely missed, and that the new selections will turn out to be useful and illuminating. The aim, throughout, has been to cover areas of knowledge and periods which had been neglected in the first edition, and to include topics which are important in the study of the Russian past and present. "The bibliographical headnotes have been enlarged, with the result that there are now approximately twice as many entries as in the old edition. New citations include not only works which have appeared since 1963, but also older books and articles which have come to the editor's attention."—From the Editor's Preface ". . . a judicious combination of seminal works and more recent commentaries that achieves the editor's purpose of stimulating curiosity and developing a point of view."—C. Bickford O'Brien, The Russian Review "These three volumes cover quite well the main periods of Russian civilization. The choice of the articles and other material is made by a competent and unbiased scholar."—Ivan A. Lopatin, Professor of Asian and Slavic Studies, University of Southern California