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Sabel de Madariaga redonne ainsi à la Russie du XVIIIe siècle sa réelle dimension ue des portraits partiels ou partiaux de l'impératrice nous avaient jusu'alors souvent cachée Fille du grand historien Salvador de Madariaga Isabel de Madariaga a été élevée en Suisse en France en Espagne et en Angleterre Professeur émérite d'études russes à l'université de Londres elle fait partie du comité de rédaction de diverses revues d'Histoire britanniues Elle a publié plusieurs ouvrages notamment sur l'histoire des institutio Too much time spent with Google Translate as the author assumes all her readers know French

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Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great

Si le règne de Catherine II constitue une phase décisive de l'histoire de Russie presue tous les auteurs ui se sont intéressés à l'impératrice ont donné jusu'à présent plus d'importance à la femme amoureuse u'à la souveraine Ce n'est pas le cas d'Isabel de Madariaga ui elle analyse le rôle déterminant ue joua Catherine dans les grandes réformes de l'administration et des structures sociales en mettant l'accent sur sa participation à l'essor culturel de la Russie Despote éclairée lors de la Grande Instruction elle This biography of Catherine the Great of Russia published in 1981 by Isabel de Madariaga Fellow of the Royal Academy and the British Historical Society may still be the best biography available on Russian s most extraordinary empressesMadariaga s book presents the Catherine that is admired from so many sides She is revered in Russia for the skill with which she governed her empire and greatly added to its territory Her intellect impressed any the great philosopher s of the day who met her including Voltaire and Rousseau The Hermitage Museum is a remarkable testimonial to her artistic taste Historians in all the countries that she fought wars with or had alliances with agree that she was highly skilled but fair in her negotiations In all these areas Madariaga concludes that the facts justify the praise that has been bestowed on CatherineMadariaga absolves Catherine the great of any involvement in the assassination of her husband which made her the ruler of the Russian empire Once a widow Catherine was placed in a very difficult position She needed male confidants and counsellors but she could never marry any of them as it might put her son s ascension to the throne in jeopardy Thus she could have many lovers but all affairs had to end promptly lest factions might unite against her to prevent her from giving too much power to her favoriteAll the archival material relevant to Catherine s was available for over 100 years before Madariaga started this book Nothing new will emerge Future historians can reinterpret but not add our knowledge Madaraiga s book is as good as anything currently available and may remain so for some timeI have noticed other GoodReads reviewers have complained that Madaraiga s assumption that the reader could understand French and was familiar with the trends in 18th century French Political Philosophy makes this book difficult in places Being a native French speaker I had no problems of this nature but suspect that for some readers this will indeed be a problem

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Tente de renouveler les anciennes institutions datant du tsar Alexis se lie d'amitié avec Diderot mais dans le même temps organise la répression de la révolte de Pougatchev lance les guerres contre l'Empire ottoman décide les partages de la PologneCet ouvrage situe Catherine au centre de sa cour et des personnalités politiues et militaires ui l'entourèrent tels les frères Orlov Nikita Panine et surtout le prince Potemkine dont le rôle est interprété ici d'une façon nouvelle Grâce à une impressionnante documentation I Why cant all histories be this good Jam packed with information and written in a readable academic style no gossip For anyone interested in Russian history or one of the greatest monarchs of the Russian state I was saddened to learn there weren t other major works by this author


4 thoughts on “Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great

  1. says:

    This biography of Catherine the Great of Russia published in 1981 by Isabel de Madariaga Fellow of the Royal Aca

  2. says:

    Why cant all histories be this good Jam packed with information and written in a readable academic style no gossip For anyone interested in Russian history or one of the greatest monarchs of the Russian state I was saddened to lear

  3. says:

    Too much time spent with Google Translate as the author assumes all her readers know French

  4. says:

    A bit dry for me

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