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Catherine the Great: Empress of all the Russias Rosamund Bartlett Monday 10 April 2017

Rosamund Bartlett is an author and biographer of Tolstoy and Chekhov.   She is a lecturer and broadcaster for the BBC.


Catherine II, often called Catherine the Great, was born on May 2, 1729, in Stettin, Prussia (now Szczecin, Poland), and became the Russian empress in 1762. Under her reign, Russia expanded its territories and modernized, following the lead of Western Europe. She died on November 17, 1796 in Tsarskoye Selo, or what is now Pushkin.