Catherine the Great: The Story of the Impoverished German Princess Who Deposed Her Husband to Become Tzarina of the Largest Empire on EarthHardback
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- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Format: Hardback | 656 pages
- Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 54mm | 1,080g
- Publication date: 1 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1908800003
- ISBN 13: 9781908800008
- Illustrations note: 8pp colour plates + 4 b&w maps
- Sales rank: 339,479
The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies - vividly and triumphantly to life.
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Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.
'A biographer with the instincts of a novelist' New York Times. 'A masterful, intimate and tantalising portrait of a majestic monarch' Publishers' Weekly. 'A sensitive and compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman' Newsweek.