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Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power by Virginia Rounding

By Virginia Rounding

From the acclaimed writer of Grandes Horizontales comes a ebook that the Washington Post calls "a vibrant portrait of a sensual and highbrow woman."

Dutiful daughter, passionate lover, doting grandmother, tireless legislator, beneficiant purchaser of artists and philosophers---Empress Catherine II used to be these types of issues, and extra. Her reign, the longest in Russian imperial background, lasted from 1762 until eventually her loss of life in 1796; in the course of those years she learned Peter the Great's ambition to set up Russia as a tremendous ecu energy and to remodel its new capital, St. Petersburg, right into a urban to rival Paris and London.

Yet Catherine used to be now not Russian by way of start and had no valid declare to the Russian throne; she seized it and hung on to it, via wars, rebellions, and plagues, through the strength of her character and an unshakable trust in her personal future. utilizing Catherine's personal correspondence, in addition to modern debts through courtiers, ambassadors, and international viewers, Virginia Rounding penetrates the nature of this strong, interesting, and strangely sympathetic eighteenth-century figure.

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Barnaul, 2002. Photo by author. usual place of socializing, the Eternal Flame Square near a local monument to the martyrs of Socialism, did not look very attractive. The TsUM was crowded, and there was nowhere to sit. Finding a place to have a talk with Aleksei was a problem. Actually, it had been a problem throughout my en­ tire fieldwork in Barnaul whenever offices or private apartments were not available for meetings. Apart from flashy, loud restaurants and fast-food stands—the two extremes that defined the public space in the city—there were very few affordable cafés.

Was a full-time leader of a Barnaul political organization that defended “alternative ways” of political and economic development. In our conversation in September 2002, Nikolai explained his political evolution. Born in 1973, he grew up during perestroika. But the extreme politicization of the time barely in­ fluenced him. He paid no attention to the changes, nor was he a political activist during the first years of his student life. As Nikolai put it, “In [Oc­ tober] 1993, when there was a live TV broadcast of tanks shelling the White 17.

Nurmatova, with another young woman, participated in the meeting in an unusual form: with two big banners, they posed in front of the big sculpture of Lenin throughout the whole event. As she described the scene to me, “People tend to think that Communists are nothing but senile elders.  I paid attention to their reactions on purpose. Nobody who saw us turned their eyes away. People would stop and look at us. For a long, long time. Their entire mocking attitude disappeared when they saw us, our armbands, and our banners.

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