Catherine the Great

By Isabel de Madariaga,

Book cover of Catherine the Great: A Short History

Book description

An eminent scholar of Russian history here presents the most informative, balanced, and up-to-date short study of Catherine the Great and her reign. This edition includes a new preface dealing with recently discovered sources and revised interpretations of the period.
Praise for the earlier edition:
"A panoramic view of Russia's…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Catherine the Great as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

British historian Madariaga, an expert in the field of eighteenth-century Russia, gives the reader a balanced, up-to-date, and insightful, multi-faceted yet concise, description of the vast empire that constituted Catherine’s Russia.  The author describes how a minor German princess seized the Romanov throne, how she contrived to become an autocrat ruling over all the Russias, and, how during her thirty-four-year reign, Catherine guided her country into becoming a major player in international power politics.

Want books like Catherine the Great?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Catherine the Great.

Browse books like Catherine the Great

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in empresses, Russia, and Catherine the Great?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about empresses, Russia, and Catherine the Great.

Empresses Explore 19 books about empresses
Russia Explore 345 books about Russia
Catherine The Great Explore 10 books about Catherine the Great