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Bentley | 24005 comments This thread is a "spoiler thread" and is a bibliography thread which identifies many of the books which were referenced or used as primary documents during the writing of Catherine the Great Please feel free to add properly cited books (book covers, author's photo, and author's links). Add a review or a few words why this book is important to the subject matter, etc.; but remember there is no self promotion, etc. Any self promotion links or posts are removed.

Catherine the Great  Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie Robert K. MassieRobert K. Massie


Tim Schultz | 26 comments Catherine The Great by Henri Troyat by Henri TroyatHenri Troyat

This is a fairly thorough biography of Catherine that I read for a history class a few years back. The only major complaint I have is that Troyat based this book almost exclusively on Catherine's own memoirs, so his account is somewhat biased in her favor.


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Bentley | 24005 comments Great Tim and thank you.


Tim Schultz | 26 comments The Romanovs  Ruling Russia 1613-1917 by Lindsey Hughes by
Lindsey Hughes (no photo)

This is an excellent general biography of the entire Romanov dynasty. I highly recommend it as an introduction to the family that Catherine married into and the empire that she would eventually rule.


Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Pearl: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia

The Pearl  A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia by Douglas Smith by Douglas Smith


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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments Bibliography

Catherine the Great: Life and Legend

Catherine the Great  Life and Legend by John T. Alexander by John T. Alexander

Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
Crucible of War  The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson by Fred Anderson

Britain's Discovery of Russia, 1553-1815
Britain's Discovery of Russia, 1553-1815 (no cover photo) by M.S. AndersonM.S. Anderson

Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great by Katharine Susan Anthony by Katharine Susan Anthony

Frederick the Great: The Magnificent Enigma
Frederick the Great  The Magnificent Enigma by Robert B. Asprey by Robert B. Asprey

Peter III, Emperor of Russia: The Story of a Crisis and a Crime
Peter III, Emperor of Russia: The Story of a Crisis and a Crime (no photo) by Robert Nisbet Bain

The Pupils of Peter the Great
The Pupils of Peter the Great by Robert Nisbet Bain by Robert Nisbet Bain

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great The Memoirs of Catherine the Great by Catherine the Great by Catherine the Great (multiple translation editions are referenced)

Elizabeth and Catherine
Elizabeth and Catherine by Robert Coughlan by Robert Coughlan

Maria Theresa
Maria Theresa by Edward Crankshaw by Edward Crankshaw

Philosophers and Pamphleteers: Political Theorists of the Enlightenment
Philosophers and Pamphleteers: Political Theorists of the Enlightenment (no cover photo) by Maurice William Cranston

The Hermitage Museum Leningrad
The Hermitage Museum Leningrad by Pierre Descargues by Pierre Descargues

Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great by Simon Dixon by Simon Dixon

Frederick The Great: A Military Life and
Military Experience in the Age of Reason and Russia's Military Way to the West: Origins and Nature of Russian Military Power, 1700-1800
Frederick The Great  A Military Life by Christopher Duffy and Military Experience in the Age of Reason by Christopher Duffy and Russia's Military Way to the West  Origins and Nature of Russian Military Power, 1700-1800 by Christopher Duffya by Christopher DuffyChristopher Duffy


Catherine the Great and the Russian Nobilty: A Study Based on the Materials of the Legislative Commission of 1767
Catherine the Great and the Russian Nobilty: A Study Based on the Materials of the Legislative Commission of 1767 (no cover photo) by Paul Dukes


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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments Bibliography continued

Story of Civilization
Story of Civilization by Will Durant by Will DurantWill Durant

Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
Natasha's Dance  A Cultural History of Russia by Orlando Figes by Orlando Figes
Orlando Figes

Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
Why We Love  The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love by Helen Fisher by Helen FisherHelen Fisher

Catherine The Great And Other Studies
Catherine The Great And Other Studies (no cover photo) by G.P. Gooch

Catherine The Great And French Philosophers Of The Enlightenment: Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot And Grim
Catherine The Great And French Philosophers Of The Enlightenment: Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot And Grim (no cover photo) by Inna Gorbatov

Catherine the Great: Autocrat and Empress of All Russia
Catherine the Great: Autocrat and Empress of All Russia (no cover photo) by Ian Grey

Catherine the Great: A Biography
Catherine the Great  A Biography by Joan Haslip by Joan Haslip

Frederick the Great of Prussia: Absolutism and Administration
Frederick the Great of Prussia: Absolutism and Administration by Walther Hubatsch

Catherine: The Portrait of an Empress
Catherine  The Portrait of an Empress by Gina Kaus by Gina Kaus

Between Heaven and Hell
Between Heaven and Hell by W. Bruce Lincoln by W. Bruce Lincoln

The Three Empresses: Catherine I, Anne and Elizabeth of Russia
The Three Empresses  Catherine I, Anne and Elizabeth of Russia by Philip Longworth by Phillip Longworth

Paris in the Terror
Paris in the Terror by Stanley Loomis by Stanley Loomis

Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great
Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great by Isabel de Madariaga and Catherine the Great  A Short History by Isabel de Madariaga by Isabel de Madariaga

Secret Memoirs Of The Court Of Petersburg
Secret Memoirs Of The Court Of Petersburg (no cover photo) by Charles François Philibert Masson

Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner
Potemkin  Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner by Simon Sebag Montefiore by Simon Sebag MontefioreSimon Sebag Montefiore

John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography
John Paul Jones  A Sailor's Biography by Samuel Eliot Morison by Samuel Eliot MorisonSamuel Eliot Morison

Catherine The Great
Catherine The Great by Zoe Oldenbourg by Zoe Oldenbourg

Russia under the Old Regime
Russia under the Old Regime (Penguin History) by Richard Pipes by Richard Pipes

The First Four Georges
The First Four Georges (no cover photo) by J.H. Plumb


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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments Bibliography

Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia: The Eighteenth-Century Nobility
and Catherine the Great: A Profile
Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia  The Eighteenth-Century Nobility by Marc Raeff and Catherine the Great: A Profile (no cover photo) both by Marc Raeff

The Politics of Catherinian Russia
The Politics of Catherinian Russia (no cover photo) by David L. Ransel

Documents of Catherine the Great: The Correspondence with Voltaire and the Instruction of 1767 in the English Text of 1768
Documents of Catherine the Great: The Correspondence with Voltaire and the Instruction of 1767 in the English Text of 1768 (no cover photo) by W. F. Reddaway

Elizabeth, Empress Of Russia
Elizabeth, Empress Of Russia (no cover photo) by Tamara Talbot Rice by

The Political Theory of Montesquieu
The Political Theory of Montesquieu by Charles-Louis De Secondat Montesquieu by Charles-Louis De Secondat Montesquieu

Frederick the Great: A Historical Profile
Frederick the Great  A Historical Profile by Gerhard Ritter by Gerhard Ritter

Catherine the Great: Love, Sex and Power
Catherine the Great  Love, Sex and Power by Virginia Rounding by Virginia RoundingVirginia Rounding

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Citizens  A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama by Simon SchamaSimon Schama

Catherine the Great and the Expansion of Russia
Catherine the Great and the Expansion of Russia by Gladys ThomsonGladys Scott Thomson

LOVE AND CONQUEST: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE OF CATHERINE THE GREAT AND PRINCE GRIGORY POTEMKIN
LOVE AND CONQUEST  PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE OF CATHERINE THE GREAT AND PRINCE GRIGORY POTEMKIN by Douglas Smith by Douglas Smith

John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones by Evan Thomas by Evan ThomasEvan Thomas

Catherine The Great
Catherine The Great by Henri Troyat by Henri TroyatHenri Troyat

The Whig Supremacy, 1714-1760
The Whig Supremacy, 1714-1760 by Basil Williams by Basil Williams

The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
The Great Upheaval  America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800 by Jay Winik by Jay Winik

The Romance of an Empress: Catherine II of Russia
The Romance of an Empress: Catherine II of Russia (no cover photo) by Kazimierz Waliszewski

The Poems, Prose and Plays by Alexander Pushkin
The Poems, Prose and Plays by Alexander Pushkin (no cover photo) by Alexander PushkinAlexander Pushkin

Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman
Marie Antoinette  The Portrait of an Average Woman by Stefan Zweig by Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig


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Kathy (Kathy_H) | 2053 comments Alisa you did a great job on putting together the bibliography list! Thank you.


Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments You are welcome Kathy. Glad you find it useful.


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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 6847 comments The Memoirs of Princess Dashkova

The Memoirs of Princess Dashkova by Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova by Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova


Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments All the threads have been fixed. A thousand pardons for the link problems, but we are all up to date now. Thank you for pointing it out and for your patience.


Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments (moved from weekly discussion thread) Joanne wrote:

Jill wrote: "Good point, Alisa. History, especially prior to the 19th century, can often be revisionist at best and an author can only depend on what s/he can glean from his sources. Russia was such a big unkno..."

Many historians have found Catherine's memoirs less than hard, cold truth. Rewriting of the past, and especially trauma, is something all humans seem to do. The memoirs are in print. Publishers Weekly reviewed the 2006 edition, saying, "Catherine the Great's memoirs have long been seen as a self-serving attempt to justify her seizing the throne from her husband, Peter III. This fresh, clean translation (the first in English to be based on the original manuscripts), although it provides insight into the mind of the ruler and the Russian court, is unlikely to change that assessment. The memoirs cover the years before Catherine (1729–1796) became empress in 1762. As the memoir makes clear, Catherine, born a German princess, had a hard time adjusting to life in the Russian court, which she considered backward. Her marriage to Peter III was unhappy from the start, and she makes no bones about her unhappiness with him and his mistresses. At the same time, she rationalizes her own dalliances: 'I have just said I was attractive. As a result, I was already halfway along the road to temptation....'" Reading the memoirs separately from any biographer's interpretation might be fruitful.

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great by Catherine the Great by Catherine the Great


Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments (moved from weekly discussion thread: Marilee wrote:

Joanne shared this insight from a Publisher's Weekly review about the 2006 translation of Catherine's writings ... ""Catherine the Great's memoirs have long been seen as a self-serving attempt to justify her seizing the throne from her husband, Peter III."

Yes, that seems to be what a number of newer books about the period are saying, as I mentioned in an earlier comment, ie., that Peter may not have been quite as dreadful as Catherine paints him.

I understand that Massie used other sources as well, as a good biographer should, but he seems to have primarily drawn his portrait of Peter in this period from Catherine's accounts. Perhaps I'm a natural sceptic, but it seems to me that Catherine's memoirs must be read with her purpose in mind, rather than as totally reliable and unbiased portraits of Peter and Elizabeth and events . I'm more comfortable with characterizations that have corroborating sources.


message 15: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Aug 05, 2012 09:02AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bentley | 24005 comments Thank you Alisa for maintaining the threads as well as you do.

Joanne and Marilee - please remember that the weekly non spoiler threads are just that and members must stick to discussing the pages and comments there and not have expansive discussions which go beyond that. We have spoiler threads like this one where expansive discussions can take place on sundry related topics - the spoiler threads are not narrow in scope like the non spoiler threads are.


Alisa (MsTaz) | 5299 comments Thanks Bentley.


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