Catherine the Great
About the Catherine the Great Lesson
This lesson introduces students to Catherine the Great.
• To be able to explain how Catherine the Great came into power.
• To be able describe some of Catherine?s accomplishments.
Peter III and Catherine the Great were very different. Peter III idolized Frederick the Great of Prussia. In fact, he ended a war that Russia had been fighting with Prussia by giving all of Russias gains back to Prussia. While Peter was not fond of Russia, Catherine wanted to become more Russian. She learned the customs and language of her new country and learned about the court. Shortly after Peter III came into power, the royal guard deserted him and helped Catherine gain the throne. The coup that brought Catherine to power was organized by one of her lovers, named Count Grigorii Orlov. Catherine was crowned Empress of Russia.