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Catherine the Great

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Catherine the Great

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Catherine the Great by Simon Dixon
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When Catherine II died in St Petersburg in 1796 the world sensed the loss of the most celebrated monarch of Europe - something no one would have predicted at the birth sixty-seven years before of an obscure German princess, Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, later married off to the pathetic heir to the Russian throne. There were few greater transformations of fortunes in history. Sophie/Catherine had come to rule in her own right over the largest state in existence since the fall of the Roman Empire. She was branded both a usurper and an assassin when she seized power from her wretched husband in 1762. Yet she survived the initial succession crisis, and went on to occupy the Russian throne for thirty-four years. In the process, she turned her new empire from peripheral pariah to European great power.

Author Biography

Simon Dixon is Professor of Russian History at University College, London.
Release date Australia
March 18th, 2010
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Main
Imprint
Profile Books Ltd
Pages
448
Dimensions
129x198x29
ISBN-13
9781861977779
Product ID
3894250

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