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SummaryCatherine the Great was a famous Royalty from Russia, who lived between April 21, 1729 and November 6, 1796. He became 67 years old.
BiographyShe reigned as Empress of Russia from 28 June 1762 until his 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 tsarina 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 Orlov had a great influence.
Already six years after Peter had taken over power in 1762, she took care of a general discontent with him to take power in the country.
She ruled wisely and act vigorously. Inspired by Enlightenment ideas, she completed her reforms in state administration, judiciary and education system. She was also eager to increase his learning in the country and founded the university and its libraries. She thus acquired large book collections such. Denis Diderot and Johann Albrecht von Korff's. Katarina nationalized church property, modernized management and tried in general to act as an enlightened monarch. Foreign Policy harvested Katarina 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.He is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 8 quotes who is written / told by Catherine, under the main topic Forgiveness.
Related authors: Catherine II, Denis Diderot
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_the_Great
Famous quotes by Catherine the Great (8)
"You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings"
"I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all"
"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"
"A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache"
"I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his"