Catherine The Great
Carlie Davis & KeShona Chambers
Catherine Takes Power
- after her husband became Czar Peter lll in 1761, Catherine and many Russian nobles became mad at the weakened ruling
- with the help of her allies, Czar was murdered and she was declared the czarina of Russia which is the female version of czar
- In the efforts in becoming a successor, she built westernization efforts.
- she built a bronze statue in honor of Peter the Great.
- it was inscribed as "to Peter the l from Catherine the ll.
- she made a reform influenced by major European thinkers of the time that believed that a strong and wise ruler could improve life for his or her subjects.
- she reformed Russia's legal and education systems and removed some restrictions on trade on trade.
- she also promoted the science and arts
Challenges to Catherine's Rule
- Whenever Catherine started her ruling, people rebelled and a war broke out in Poland.
- In 1768 the Ottoman Empire joined the Polish, however the Russia won the war and took over half of Poland and the Black Sea, a valuable outlet for sea trade.
- A man named Yemelyan Pugachev was traveling the countryside claiming to be Peter ll and had not been murdered after all.
- The revolt convinced Catherine that she needed to strengthen the authority of the monarchy in rural areas.