From the Back Cover
Praise for the earlier edition:
"A panoramic view of Russia's social, political, economic, and cultural development and of its emergence as a formidable power in the international arena during the thirty-four years of [Catherine's] reign." -Anthony Cross, New York Times Book Review
"De Madariaga's book will be the standard and an essential guide for all students and scholars of Russian and European history of the second half of the eighteenth century." -Marc Raeff, Journal of Modern History
About the Author
Isabel de Madariaga is professor emeritus of Slavonic Studies at the University of London.