1004 Spring 2019 Catherine the Great
Thursday, 11:50–1:15, May 16
Instructor: Stephanie Campbell
How did a German princess from a minor noble family become empress of Russia and one of the most formidable, fascinating, and extraordinary rulers of all time? It certainly was not by happenstance; Catherine the Great’s intelligence, charm, and sheer determination propelled her to the forefront of 18th century Enlightenment politics and culture, with a military capable of challenging the Ottoman Empire, and a court that could rival Versailles. This lecture will explore her humble beginnings and brief marriage, along with the domestic rebellion, cultural developments, and foreign wars that occurred during her reign. And, last but not least, we will discuss her salacious private life, which has become the stuff of legends. There is no question as to why this enduringly captivating woman earned the title “The Great.”
Stephanie Campbell attended the College of William & Mary, where she earned a BA in history and a second BA in medieval and Renaissance studies. She then attended Catholic University, where she earned an MA in history with a concentration in medieval history. Her special interests include the history of persecution, the Black Death, and the Carolingian Empire. She currently works as a full-time instructor at Northern Virginia Community College where she teaches western civilization and world civilization classes, and is the acting faculty advisor to the Loudoun Campus History Club.