Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great was a great supporter of the Enlightenment and education. Catherine sought to change Russia into being more efficient and innovative. Catherine sought legal reform because of her reading of Beccaria. She attempted to reform but was hindered by her aristocrats and commoners who disagreed over serfdom. As it goes with many powerful people, rumors of the way Catherine the Great died spread. One popular myth about the way she died is she was crushed by a horse after attempting to have inappropriate relations with it. She actually died of a stroke.

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