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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

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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.

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Synopsis:

Presents the memoirs of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, who came to power after her husband was overthrown in a coup d'

About the Author

About the Translators

Mark Cruse has a Ph.D. in French literature from New York University and teaches at Arizona State University.

Hilde Hoogenboom received her Ph.D. in Russian literature from Columbia University and teaches Russian and translation at the State University of New York at Albany.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307432438
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Translator:
Cruse, Markus
Translator:
Hoogenboom, Hilde
Translated by:
Mark Cruse
Author:
II (Empress of Russia), Catherine
Author:
Catherine the Great
Author:
Catherine II, Empress Of Russia
Author:
Cruse, Mark
Author:
Mark Cruse
Author:
Hoogenboom, Hilde
Author:
Catherine, the Great
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History
Subject:
Empresses
Subject:
Catherine
Subject:
Empresses - Russia
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Subject:
Russia-Romanovs
Subject:
World History-Russia
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
247

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
Biography » Royalty
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History

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