Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia One of the most prominent figures of European eighteenth century history is Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Historical accounts often focus excessively on her adventuresome private life and neglect her many accomplishments. Nonetheless, during her thirty-four-year reign, the Prussian-born princess shaped and influenced Russia more than any other monarch. The accomplishments of Catherine II in internal affairs, foreign policy, public health, and education awakened Russia to the Age of Enlightenment. Catherine II was born Sophia Augusta Frederika of Anhalt-Zerbst on April 21, 1729 in Stettin, Germany. Her parents, Prince Christian Augustus and Princess Johanna of Holstein-Gottorp, raised their...The end:
.....an. It is perhaps the very same flaws and contradictions in her rule that planted the desire within the Russian people for critical thinking and democracy. It is perhaps the seeds of Western thinkers like Voltaire and Diderot that gave birth to geniuses like Pushkin. Works Cited Hasking, Geoffrey. Russia: People and Empire 1552-1917. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. Allen, Michael J. & James B. Allen. World History from 1500. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1993. Alexander, John T. Catherine the Great: Life and Legend. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Diderot. « Correspondances avec Sophie ». 1767. Archives de la Bibliothèque de Paris. Voltaire. « Lettres de Cathérine ». 1761. Archives de la Bibliothèque de Paris.