#340 | Catherine The Great | Russia’s Fearless Empress

English Learning for Curious Minds

Feb 9 2023 • 25 mins


She seized power from her weak husband and would go down in history as a strong and powerful Empress.

In this episode, we look at how Catherine The Great managed it, and how she was a victim of terrible double standards against women.

  • The arrival of a 14-year-old princess
  • The early life & character of Catherine the Great
  • Her relationship with her husband, Peter
  • Her miscarriages & the birth of Paul
  • Taking steps to ensure her own protection
  • The death of Empress Elizabeth
  • The coup & overthrowing of Peter
  • Becoming empress of Russia
  • Leading the country & national reforms
  • Her attempts to reform serfdom
  • The Pugachev revolt
  • Expanding Russian territories
  • The lovers of Catherine I (and inherent sexism)
  • The tater reforms of Catherine I
  • The death and legacy of Catherine I

Full interactive transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/catherine-the-great


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