A biography of catherine the great the empress of russia

Soon tens of thousands were following him, and the uprising was within threatening range of Moscow. Can't wait to read Catherine the Great's actual memoirs now she was pretty prolific about her early life.

Thomson, Catherine the Great and the Expansion of Russiaprovides a useful, brief survey of Catherine's reign. The Russian clergy was reduced to a group of state-paid functionaries, losing what little power had been left to it by the reforms of Peter the Great.

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Soon after Catherine converted to the Russian Orthodox faith, she and the young Grand Duke were married in War and Revolt Foreign affairs now began to demand Catherine's major attention. Catherine was intelligent and ambitious.

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Brown argued, in a democratic country, education ought to be under the state's control and based on an education code. The emergence of these Assignation rubles was necessary due to large government spending on military needs, which led to a shortage of silver in the treasury transactions, especially in foreign trade, were conducted almost exclusively in silver and gold coins.

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She knew that a number of influential persons considered her a usurper, or someone who seized another's power illegally. It reads more like a long chapter in a high school history book. By , Russia and Turkey had signed a peace treaty, with Russia winning the right to use the Black Sea for shipping. The Hermitage Museum , which now [update] occupies the whole Winter Palace , began as Catherine's personal collection. Catherine was devoted to the arts, and sponsored many cultural projects. At the end of her reign, Russia had broadened to the west and south over more than , square miles; provinces had been reorganized and towns renovated, expanded, or built from scratch; trade had expanded; military battles had been won; and the royal court had transformed into an attraction for the greatest minds of Europe. At this point, Russia won the war with Turkey and Catherine crushed the rebellion. When he sought permission to leave the country, she refused it, intending to hold him prisoner for life. Peter III abdicated and was assassinated eight days later.

Shelves: historynonfictionmemoirs-biographies-autobiographiesrussia The woman the world came to know as "Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia" came into the world the daughter of a domineering, obstinate and narcissistic mother. Before her accession to power, Catherine had planned to emancipate the serfson whom the economy of Russia, which was 95 percent agricultural, was based.

They thought that by getting rid of Peter, Catherine would become more of a background figure.

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Reconciling herself to an unavoidable evil without much difficulty, Catherine turned her attention to organizing and strengthening a system that she herself had condemned as inhuman. Her husband had a mistress called Elizabeth Vorontsova. In anticipation of her future status she sought the reputation of being a true Russian. In her later years, Catherine continued to possess an active mind and a strong spirit. Although the idea of partitioning Poland came from the King Frederick II of Prussia , Catherine took a leading role in carrying it out in the s. Library of Congress. Her reorganization in of provincial administration—in such a way as to favor the nobility—stood the test of time; but her reorganization of municipal government 10 years later was less successful. At this point, Russia won the war with Turkey and Catherine crushed the rebellion. Can't wait to read Catherine the Great's actual memoirs now she was pretty prolific about her early life. This peace could only be gained through cautious foreign policy. Catherine the Great.

The arts and sciences received much attention during Catherine's reign not only because she believed them to be important in themselves, but also because she saw them as a means by which Russia could attain a reputation as a center of civilization.

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Catherine The Great