Catherine & Diderot: The Empress, the Philosopher, and the Fate of the Enlightenment

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Harvard University Press, Feb 18, 2019 - History - 272 pages
In a dual biography crafted around the famous encounter between the French philosopher who wrote about power and the Russian empress who wielded it with great aplomb, Robert Zaretsky invites us to reflect on the fraught relationship between politics and philosophy, and between a man of thought and a woman of action.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Sea at Scheveningen
7
2 Reading Voltaire in Saint Petersburg
31
3 R is for Riga
42
4 Glasnost
68
5 The Shadow Lands
91
6 The Hermitage
109
7 Extraordinary Men and Events
139
8 Colic and Constitutions
166
9 The Road Not Taken
185
10 Send for Seneca
205
Epilogue
221
Notes
229
Acknowledgments
249
Index
253
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