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Catherine the Great. Sahar Fazal March 13, 2010. Personal Reign. Grand Duchess Catherine became Empress Consort of Russia. 1762 to 1796. Major Accomplishment. Catherine the Great promoted education and the Enlightenment among the elite. . Religion. She allowed more religious freedom.

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catherine the great
Catherine the Great

Sahar Fazal

March 13, 2010

personal reign
Personal Reign
  • Grand Duchess Catherine became Empress Consort of Russia.
  • 1762 to 1796
major accomplishment
Major Accomplishment
  • Catherine the Great promoted education and the Enlightenment among the elite.
  • She allowed more religious freedom.
  • Catherine was not a very religious person.
  • However, she did not allow dissenters to build chapels, and she fought religious dissent after the beginning of the French Revolution.
  • Also, she put strict rules. on Roman Catholics.
  • Catherine made Russia the dominant power in south-eastern Europe after her first Russo-Turkish War against the Ottoman Empire (1768–1774).
  • The Russian victories allowed Catherine's government to obtain access to the Black Sea and to incorporate the vast steppes of present-day southern Ukraine.
  • Catherine converted to Orthodoxy.
  • Catherine's apparent whole-hearted adoption of things Russian (including Orthodoxy) may have prompted her personal indifference to religion.
  • Politically, Catherine exploited Christianity in her anti-Ottoman policy, promoting the protection and fostering of Christians under Turkish rule.
  • She married to the heir to the Russian throne, the Grand Duke Peter of Holstein, grandson of Peter the Great.
  • During Catherine's reign, Russians imported and studied the classical and European influences which inspired the Russian Enlightenment.
  • Catherine the Great was checking on her staff when, in a tragic accident, a clotheshorse fell on her.
  • Catherine suffered a stroke on 6 November 1796 and died in her bed at 9:20 the following evening without having regained consciousness.
  • Catherine was buried at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Petersburg.
  • Catherine's patronage furthered the evolution of the arts in Russia more than that of any Russian sovereign before or after her.
  • Catherine had a reputation as a patron of the arts, literature and education.