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catherine: utopia and voyage of the slandered

Catherine the Great and her triumphal tour to the far reaches of her realm in 1787. The European guests were impressed, though some less than others. A Potemkin village? … …The little towns viewed from a safe distance of the … Continue reading

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catherine: boating party

Catherine the Great’s boat ride. The Empress was showing off the wonders of her realm, and they were many indeed. But were they real or fake? The year was 1787, at the dawn of modernism, and Potemkin, as impressario and … Continue reading

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luxury cruise: Catherine in first class

Catherine the Great and her triumphal Crimean tour in 1787. The legend of the Potemkin village. A reality or stab at the Russians. Only Potemkin knew for sure and he never said… …At Kaidek Catherine was joined by her powerful … Continue reading

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catherine on cruise control

The year was 1787 and it was Catherine’s boat ride. The Empress, Catherine the Great was showing off the wonders of her realm to the beau monde of Europe. The question was, whether these wonders were real or fake. Only … Continue reading

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catherine: her and thou

The occasion was Catherine the Great’s triumphal tour of the Crimea, the longest, most lavish, most expensive boating party in world history. The Empress showed off the wonders of her realm, and they were many indeed. But were they real … Continue reading

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catherine: nothing exceeds like excess

Catherine the Great’s boat ride of 1787. The splendors of the Russian empire or hastily erected Potemkin villages with throngs of cheering serfs…… …But the limited, exacting existence of the court had not suited Potemkin’s violent and feverish energies. It … Continue reading

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catherine: search for golden pheasants

Catherine’s boat ride. It was 1787 and the Empress was showing off the wonders of her realm, which were many indeed. Question was, were they real,or fake? Only General Potemkin, the one-eyed giant, knew for sure. And he wasn’t saying… … Continue reading

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boat ride: catherine’s pleasure cruise

Catherine,s boat ride. The Empress was showing off the wonders of her realm, and they were many indeed. But were they real or were they fake? Only Potemkin, the one-eyed giant, knew for sure- and he never said… The year … Continue reading

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release from moderation

Nothing exceeds like excess. It colors a somber Russian landscape¬† and its offshoot eccentricities perhaps aided and abetted by the extreme and often inhospitable climate. For Russia whether Czarist, Communist and new Czarist appears to have no middle ground, only … Continue reading

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