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AGO Podcast #2 – Russian Minerva: Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment

October 31st, 2005

Catherine the Great Lecture Series #2: Professor Kenneth Bartlett

This lecture traces Catherine’s interest in the ideas of the French Enlightenment philosophes. Through her correspondence with Voltaire, her support of Diderot and d’Alembert, and her flirtation with rationalist ideals, Catherine established a reputation as an exemplary ruler in the Age of Reason. However, the events of the French Revolution would challenge these convictions and reveal the contradictions in the practice of enlightened despotism. Dr Kenneth Bartlett is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies Victoria College University of Toronto.

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  • Sue Dodds

    Thank you for making this lecture available to those of us who live at a distance. I plan to visit this exhibition and become more enlightened myself!

  • Sue Dodds

    Thank you for making this lecture available to those of us who live at a distance. I plan to visit this exhibition and become more enlightened myself!