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SummaryCatherine II was a famous Statesman from Russia, who lived between April 21, 1729 and November 6, 1796. She became 67 years old.
BiographyCatherine II of Russia (Екатерина II Алексеевна: Ekaterina II Alekséyevna) was born Sophie Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst, known as Catherine the Great. She reigned as Empress of Russia from 28 June 1762 until her death in 1796. She was born in Stettin as the daughter of Prince Christian August of Anhalt-Zerbst of the genus Askanierne, who then occupied the post of Prussian governor of Stettin. Her mother was Johanna Elisabeth von Holstein-Gottorf. She was cousin to Gustav third of Sweden and Charles 13th of Sweden.
In 1744 appointed Zarina Elisabeth Katharina as wife for his nephew Peter after Peter the third (his cousin Duke Karl Peter Ulrich of Gottorp), which she had chosen as his successor. They were married 1745, but she was his superior in both ability and education, and already after a few years she had several lovers (especially Count Orlovhad a great influence).
She ruled wisely and act vigorously. Inspired by Enlightenment ideas, she completed her forms in state administration, judiciary and education system. She was also eager to increase the learning in the country and founded many universities and its libraries. She therefore bought many large book collections (such as Denis Diderot and Johann Albrecht von Korff).
Catherine nationalized church property, modernized management and tried in general to act as an enlightened monarch. Foreign Policy harvested Catherine great triumphs, and the Russian Empire was considerably enlarged in her reign.
Through a series of wars she expanded Russia considerably: In two wars against the Turks (1763 -1774 and 1787 - 1792) she won the Ukraine and Crimea. In Poland's three divisions (1772, 1793, 1795) she won large areas to the west.
Zodiac etc.She is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 12 quotes who is written / told by Catherine, under the main topic Power.
Related authors: Denis Diderot, Catherine the Great
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_the_Great
Famous quotes by Catherine II (12)
"I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his"
"In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions"
"For to tempt and to be tempted are things very nearly allied - whenever feeling has anything to do in the matter, no sooner is it excited than we have already gone vastly farther than we are aware of"
"Men make love more intensely at 20, but make love better, however, at 30"
"In my position you have to read when you want to write and to talk when you would like to read"