- Feb 2007
- the greatest country there is: aka America! (hurra
Catherine the Great was indeed a great tsarina. She allied with leading nobles at the tsarist court to displace her unpopular husband, thus fashioning herself into a Russian ruler by gaining support of the nobility. She continued Peter the Great's Westernization program, appointing Western European style education, and sought to devise policies that would improve her subjets' lives without detracting from her own power and authority. She restricted punishment on serfs and abolished the death penalty, too, with some exceptions. Challenges to her rule, though (like the Pugachev Rebellion) caused her to abandon the program of westernization and adopt extremely conservative policies, pretty much putting an end to her great reign.