The Memoirs of Catherine the Great : A New Translation
This new edition of the Memoirs is a thorough and sympathetic introduction to Catherine’s writing. They cover the years 1745 to 1762, the period from Catherine’s marriage to Peter III to the coup that placed her on the Russian throne. The translators provide an excellent scholarly preface, appendices, an extensive bibliography, and an index.
Catherine revised her memoirs several times over the course of her life. She knew she was creating the story by which she hoped to be judged by future generations. The Memoirs are transparently self-serving, designed to justify Catherine’s usurping the throne from her husband. Even as such they are a fascinating portrait of a person thoroughly engaged in court intrigue, one who demonstrates superb political skill. Recommended to scholars of Russian history and to those contemplating careers in politics or management.