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This review is from: Catherine the Great: The story of the impoverished German princess who deposed her husband to become tzarina of the largest empire on earth (Great Lives) (Kindle Edition)
I thought it was an easy book to get into and to understand. It is a good read for someone who wants to understand more about Russia and Europe in the second half of the 18th century. It also gives insight to a reigeme run on autocratic principals at the time. I find it has given me a greater insight into how Europe developed and how the expansion of Russia was to affect much of the unrest in the 19th century and how this may have paved the way for the revolution in the 20th century. It also gave me insight to how the countries of eastern Europe have been historicaly linked with Russia before the 20th century, particularly Poland. On a personal level it provided me with insight to a remarkable and very emancepated woman who was very far ahead of her female counterparts in other royal households.
I was iritated by the authors use of England and Britain as one and the same. While I am aware this is fairly common practice, it is never the less inaccurate and misleading to the reader. There was at the time no such thing as an English Government, as the union of the parliaments took place in 1707, well before the time of the book, from that date it should be referred to as Britain and The British Government. For a serious historical work I would not expect such an inaccuracy.
I am left wondering about what other inaccuracies there might be in the rest of the book, however it is certainly worth a read even if one might need to corroborate facts in any serious study by the reader.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2013, 12:23:20 BST
Joost Kiefte says:
What an extremely narrow-minded view you take of this book, merely because English and British are seen as one and the same. It is and has been done so by many people throughout the ages and will continue to be done so, with all the best intentions by non-Scots. You do not seem to realise how peripheral Scotland is to most people outside the UK (and possibly even inside the UK). So to simply dismiss a great book about Russia with three stars just because of this and to question its (it's?) accuracy says a lot more about your intellectual capacities than about the author's.
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