Catherine II

Catherine II

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  •  Her birth name was Sophie van Anhalt-Zerbst, but it was changed to Catherine when she was converted to the Russian Orthodox faith (previously being a German Lutheran).
  • Catherine was born in Poland on May 2, 1729 She was Part of the Russian Orthodox
  • She married Peter III on August 21, 1745.  She was 16 and he was 17. It was an unhappy marriage, in fact, they both had affairs. She had produced one heir, Paul.
  • She became the Empress of Russia on January 5, 1762 by marriage.
  • She defeated more than a dozen uprisings during her reign.
  • Strengths: Strong military leader, determined, eager, biligual, fast-learner, powerful Weaknesses: Bark but no bite,  pride, 
  • She was the longest reigning female ruler of Russia, successfully led Russia against the Ottoman Empire, made educational reforms (such as the Russian Statute of National Education), and her reign experienced an expansion of trade and communication (like the Charter of the Towns).
  •  During her reign, the serfs conditions worsened (they had practically become slaves).
  •  She impacted her country because she expanded its borders, expanded trade and communication, improved the administration, and improved education 
  • She died on November 17, 1796 due to a stroke
  • Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
  • You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patent. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.
  • I may be kingly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terrible what I will at all
  • I praise loudly. I blame softly.
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