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Old 11-05-2011, 08:13 PM
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New Robert Massie book

Catherine The Great: First She Read, Then She Ruled : NPR

"How did a German princess from a minor noble family become the empress of Russia, and win the praise of Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot and other giants of The Enlightenment? In Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert Massie explains the story of Catherine II, who ruled Russia for 34 years.

So how does a German teenager become the empress of Russia?"

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Old 11-06-2011, 01:24 AM
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My dear Kasumi,

Thank you very much for posting the link to the radiocast and the article. I enjoyed both.

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Old 03-03-2012, 02:05 PM
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Here's the latest review of Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great

The Romanov Book Reviews 2: Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:43 PM
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Here's an interesting article on Catherine II I came across on CNews today:

Don’t forget Catherine the Great - World -
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:59 PM
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In 1785, Catherine II took up playwriting.
Her efforts were produced at the palace, albeit under a pseudonym.
The epithet "Great" was bestowed on Catherine II by her own nobility in the third year of her reign.
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:52 PM
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Parts of the correspondence between Catherine II and Kazakh khans are made public --
"I never did mind about the little things"
Amanda, "Point of No Return"
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Restored monument to Empress Catherine the Great unveiled in Crimea | Russia Beyond The Headlines
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:48 PM
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Why did Alexis Bestuzhev, Empress Elizabeth's chancellor, oppose Grand Duke Peter's marriage to a German princess Sophia (Catherine)?
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:05 AM
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To put it simply, because he hated France, and Prussia and many other German states were allies with France. The other major alliance was Anglo-Austrian which he believed Russia benefited more joining. Catherine's father though a Prince of Anhalt, was a Prussian general. Alexis worried a German bride would tie them closer. Frederick of Prussia helped arrange the marriage to weaken Russia's link to Austria, and bring Alexis down.

Oddly Alexis later allied with Catherine, who brought him out of exile when empress. Odd he sided with the full German (Anhalt/Holstein) over the 1/2 Russian Peter (Russian/Holstein).

Peter oddly was meant to be King of Sweden. He was named heir by parliament to Frederick I, but Elizabeth chose him heir at the same time and renounced his claim to Sweden for him. Adolph Frederick was chosen king instead. Peter was great nephew of Charles VII. His paternal grandmother was Hedvig Sophia of Sweden, Charles' older sister. Hedvig was her brother's heir until she died, He was succeeded instead by younger sister Ulrika and her husband Frederick, and Hedvig's son was considered heir. Peter's dad died when he was he was small. Peter's mother left him in the care of his great-uncle Christian, prince of Eutin. Adolph Frederick, Christian's son was chosen king of Sweden in hopes of helping make an alliance with Russia since Adolph's father helped raise Peter. Wonder how different things would have been if Sweden claimed him first.
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Old 09-11-2016, 04:25 AM
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Read the book on Catherine by Simon Seabag Montefiore.Well written,very good!

Saw,again,the exhibit on Catherine II at the Hermitage, so,a disappointment really
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Old 07-22-2017, 03:16 AM
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Before Peter became the heir of Elisabeth he was possibly going to be King of Finland and Sweden? Was there a 3rd choice or was it just Emperor of Russia?
I like Catherine but I'm willing to take a 2nd look at Peter, considering his son I wonder if the father really was as bad as Catherine suggested.

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