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Great Catherine (Whom Glory Still Adores)

By Shaw, George Bernard

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Title: Great Catherine (Whom Glory Still Adores)  
Author: Shaw, George Bernard
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: THE AUTHOR?S APOLOGY FOR GREAT CATHERINE. Exception has been taken to the title of this seeming tomfoolery on the ground that the Catherine it represents is not Great Catherine, but the Catherine whose gallantries provide some of the lightest pages of modern history. Great Catherine, it is said, was the Catherine whose diplomacy, whose campaigns and conquests, whose plans of Liberal reform, whose correspondence with Grimm and Voltaire enabled her to cut such a magnificent figure in the eighteenth century. In reply, I can only confess that Catherine?s diplomacy and her conquests do not interest me. It is clear to me that neither she nor the statesmen with whom she played this mischievous kind of political chess had any notion of the real history of their own times, or of the real forces that were moulding Europe. The French Revolution, which made such short work of Catherine?s Voltairean principles, surprised and scandalized her as much as it surprised and scandalized any provincial governess in the French chateaux.

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Table of Contents: Great Catherine (Whom Glory Still Adores), 1 -- George Bernard Shaw, 1 -- THE AUTHOR'S APOLOGY FOR GREAT CATHERINE, 1 -- THE FIRST SCENE, 4 -- THE SECOND SCENE, 13 -- THE THIRD SCENE, 19 -- THE FOURTH SCENE, 22


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