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Catherine the Great By John T. Alexander (Professor of History and Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas)

Catherine the Great
by John T. Alexander (Professor of History and Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas)

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The biography of one of history's most colourful figures, based on the latest scholarship, and including a newly-translated collection of Catherine's love notes.
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Catherine the Great: Life and Legend by John T. Alexander (Professor of History and Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas)

John Alexander has provided the first popular biography of one of the most powerful, infamous, and colourful figures in modern history. Empress of the vast Russian Empire by the age of 33, Catherine's private and public life generated tremendous controversy, and she has been portrayed variously as a political genius, a despotic foreign adventuress, a tyrant, and a nymphomaniac. John Alexander's detailed research draws on little-known sources, including Catherine's love notes, to produce a much-needed, balanced appraisal of this remarkable woman throughout the whole of her long reign.

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Catherine the Great Reviews


'a balanced, comprehensive portrait of the woman whom custom calls "the Great", whom gossip painted as scarlet, but whom Diderot described probably accurately as "the soul of Brutus in the body of "Cleaopatra"' Sunday Times
`Alexander's biography is the best there is and likely to remain so' Times Literary Supplement
`a serious and highly readable work' Times Higher Education Supplement
'this is a serious and highly readable work, which draws on a wealth of published sources, notably Catherine's own voluminous writings' Lindsey Hughes, University of London, THES
'Alexander's biography is the best there is and likely to remain so ... based on wide-ranging use of printed and archival sources and free from dogmatic posturing. It is factually reliable, informative, lively and frequently provocative.' A.G. Cross, The Times Literary Supplement
'A very well researched book that's also very readable' Scottish Home and Country
'one of the most comprehensive studies of this woman written in modern times ... Well worth buying.' Irish Independent
'an excellent analysis of the historical context in which she cut such a flamboyant figure' Saturday Magazine

About John T. Alexander (Professor of History and Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas)


Professor of History at the University of Kansas

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Catherine the Great: Life and Legend by John T. Alexander (Professor of History and Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas)
John T. Alexander (Professor of History and Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press Inc
1988-11-03
432
0195052366
9780195052367
Winner of Winner of the Byron Caldwell Smith Award (USA).
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