Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

About Catherine the Great

Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia until her death at the age of sixty-seven. She was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'etat and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.

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