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CATHERINE THE GREAT by Zoe Oldenbourg /EMPRESS /RUSSIA

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Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR RARE---------------CATHERINE THE GREAT by Zoe Oldenbourg, Translated from the French by Anne Carter. This study of Catherine the Great is a solid historical biography of a woman who has often been misunderstood by history. Most of the book focuses on Catherine's life before her rule, as she worked her way up the ladder of European nobility and usurped the Russian throne. We learn that Catherine was actually a German girl named Sophia, from a family of minor nobles in a backwater German principality. She was used uncaringly by her family to gain influence in noble circles until she ended up in an arranged marriage to the heir to the Russian throne, and then found herself ruling this backward nation. Oldenbourg has a real flair for palace intrigue and the petty political shenanigans among the nobility that first swept Catherine along reluctantly, but which she eventually learned to exploit to her own advantage. We also see the backwardness of Russia during that era, as a disconnected nobility pathetically emulated the cultured houses of Europe with little knowledge of the awful, medieval lives of the common Russians. Catherine gets due credit for bringing culture and modernity to her adopted country, though not without earning a bad reputation as a corrupt seductress and self-obsessed dictator. Oldenbourg paints a worthy picture of one of history's most powerful women. PLUS----there are L-O-A-D-S of illustrations!! This is the hardcover stated Pantheon BCE from 1965. Other than a bit of wear and tear(s) to the dj and a couple of ex lib markings, the book is in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight (see photo). **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. So bid soon for this magnificent, impossible-to-find BIOGRAPHY COLLECTIBLE. I gladly accept PayPal and as preferable forms of payment (no personal checks!). Paypal is an acceptable alternative. I will ship internationally for additional charges. ALL OF MY LISTINGS ARE BETTER THAN AN AUCTION!! NAME THE REASONABLE PRICE YOU WANT TO PAY WHEN YOU CLICK BEST OFFER AND CHANCES ARE THE ITEM WILL BE YOURS--IMMEDIATELY!! NO WAITING FOR AN AUCTION TO END!! Biography Autobiography; Catherine II, Empress of Russia; Royalty NEW!! NEW!! NEW! EVERY DAY WILL BE MARKDOWN SALE DAY IN MY STORE!!! HUGE DISCOUNTS WILL BE FOUND ON SPECIFIC ITEMS THAT CELEBRATE THE CALENDAR DAY ALL MARKDOWNS WILL LAST ONLY 24 HOURS---SO CHECK BACK EVERY DAY!! CLICK HERE-------- _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WANT TO SEE MORE?? FOR EXTRA-SPECIAL SAVINGS GO TO: BARRYS BARGAIN BIN for BOOKS THOUSANDS OF UNIQUE TITLES (no duplication) ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FIRST EDITION ! MUSIC IN ALL GENRES AND FORMATS (lps, 45s, 78s, and cassettes) ASSORTED RARE CURIOSITIES EVERYTHING (except death and taxes) IS NEGOTIABLE! MAKE ME AN OFFER I CAN'T REFUSE!! (NO HORSE'S HEAD IN THE BED, PLEASE!) ALL REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! (EVEN THE OCCASIONAL UNREASONABLE OFFER) Be sure to add me to your favorites list 061408
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