Catherine the Great (1729-96) undertook the greatest expansion of the Russian empire since Ivan the Terrible, and modernized the administration, education system, army, and judiciary of the Russian state. Born in Germany, Catherine came to power in a coup d'état during which her husband, Emperor Peter III, was killed by a brother of her lover Grigory Orlov, by whom she had just given birth to an illegitimate son. Despite these inauspicious beginnings, Catherine ruled for 34 years until her death. Hoogenboom and Cruse's talk examines some of the many ways that Catherine projected images of herself as a powerful (but not despotic) ruler of a mighty European nation—an image that was intended for her people, the international community, and posterity. Seating is limited, please RVSP to Catherinethegreat.eventbrite.com.
Co-sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Department of Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation and Project Humanities at Arizona State University.
Location: Street: 6428 S McClintock Dr. City: Tempe, Province: Arizona Postal Code: 85283 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)