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 brilliant portrait of a sensual and highbrow woman."

Dutiful daughter, passionate lover, doting grandmother, tireless legislator, beneficiant shopper of artists and philosophers---Empress Catherine II used to be some of these 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 discovered Peter the Great's ambition to set up Russia as an incredible eu energy and to rework its new capital, St. Petersburg, right into a urban to rival Paris and London.

Yet Catherine was once no longer Russian by means of delivery and had no valid declare to the Russian throne; she seized it and hung on to it, via wars, rebellions, and plagues, via the strength of her character and an unshakable trust in her personal future. utilizing Catherine's personal correspondence, in addition to modern debts by way of courtiers, ambassadors, and international viewers, Virginia Rounding penetrates the nature of this strong, interesting, and strangely sympathetic eighteenth-century figure.

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Planning became, in a sense, a conceptual rather than practical or pragmatic activity, a process of imposing dreams on reality. 23 It signalled the beginning of a shift in attitude toward the remodelling of the territory. The drive for industrialization initiated by the First Plan effected a sudden transformation in the imaginary national map, accelerating the process of otkrytie (opening up) the territory that had begun through electrification. ”24 Two hundred new industrial towns and one hundred agricultural towns were to be built as part of the Plan—many of them, such as Magnitogorsk, Avtostroi, and Kominternovsk, on virgin territory (Figure ).

Lenin’s light is starting to burn . . ” In practice, however, the representation of electrification in documentary films made visible a more complex dialectic of homogeneity and difference in the representation of the relationship between local and national spaces. Sitting ambiguously between a drive for sameness and an emphasis on equality, the model of the grid raised important questions about the status of localness in Soviet imaginary geography. Illuminated, the village became a mark on the ideological map, woven into a national network.

Reprinted from Oktiabr’skie Stranitsy (‒ ), compiled by V. S. Listov and G. A. Ambernadi, . Connecting Figure . ” From SSSR na stroike, , no. : . in the battle against the remnants (ostatki) of capitalism and economic backwardness in the countryside and the means of achieving the ideal of smychka. 18 The plan was to function as a symbolic and educational artefact, explicitly uniting centre and periphery, local and national spaces. As part of the propaganda and publicity programme accompanying electrification, the journalist I.

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