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Selected Letters : Selected Letters -  Catherine The Great

Selected Letters

Selected Letters

Paperback Published: 1st October 2018
ISBN: 9780198736462
Number Of Pages: 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.

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These selected letters are an irresistible encapsulation of emergent Russia in the mid-to-late eighteenth century and involve the principal players in Europe during the Age of Reason. This volume, with its careful annotation by Kahn and Rubin-Detlev, is a valuable companion to Catherine the Great scholarship. * Patrick Hunt, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies *
With their wide range of correspondents and topics, these letters, which have been ably translated, will help further understanding of this most charismatic of Russian rulers, whose tastes and personality helped shape Enlightenment Europe. * Vera Proskurina (2019) Catherine the great: selected letters, Women's Writing *

Introduction Note on the Text and Translation Select Bibliography A Chronology of the Life and Reign of Catherine the Great SELECTED LETTERS Explanatory Notes Gazetteer

ISBN: 9780198736462
ISBN-10: 0198736460
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st October 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3

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