During her reign, Catherine helped westernize the country, promoted the fine arts and waged successful wars to gain land for the empire. Catherine also helped to make the Imperial Russian Dictionary, helped partition (divide) Poland, and promoted education (especially women’s). Some not so nice things she did were expanding serfdom (serfs were basically slaves), treating serfs brutally, and violently crushing uprisings against the government.
Web Sites & Other Media
Augusta, Sophie. "Catherine the Great." at <http://members.tripod.com/Codim/rus/cath.html> (January, 2003).
History of St. Petersburg. "The 'Grand City' of Catherine the Great" at <http://www.cityvision2000.com/history/grandcity.htm> (2001-2002).
Microsoft Encarta Online
Encyclopedia "Catherine the Great" <http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/refarticle.aspx?refid=7661559802>
Image of Catherine the Great from "ArtToday.com" <http://members.clipart.com/en/index> (2003).
Images of knight and castle from "Microsoft Office Design Gallery Live" <http://dgl.microsoft.com/?CAG=1> Images free for non-profit and personal use. (December-April, 2003).
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