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History Lecture Series

Catherine the Great: Gendering Sovereignty in 18th-Century Russia

Wed. Jan. 16, 2019      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

Elena Campbell, Associate Professor of History, UW

Catherine the Great wrested the crown away from her husband to rule over a deeply patriarchal society. Campbell discusses how Catherine used her gender as part of her political persona to attain and maintain power.

Admission: $12–$15; tickets available at the series homepage.

Students as well as federal employees affected by the government shutdown receive free admission with a valid id.

Recommended Reading

The speakers have provided a short list of suggested reading designed to enhance your lecture experience and inspire future exploration. Many titles can be ordered through University Book Store, where UWAA members enjoy a 10% discount.

Download a printable recommended media list for all lectures here.


Isabel De Madariaga, Catherine the Great: A Short History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002)

Simon Dixon, Catherine the Great (Profiles in Power) (London: Routledge, 2001)

Catherine II, Empress of Russia, Translated by Markus Cruse and Hilde Hoogenboom, The Memoirs of Catherine the Great (New York: Modern Library, 2005)

Headshot: Elena CampbellElena I. Campbell is a historian of imperial Russia with a particular interest in the questions of empire, nationalism, religion, modernization and the environment. She completed her graduate work at the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg (Russia). Prior to taking a position at the University of Washington, she taught at the European University at St. Petersburg, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University. She is the author of The Muslim Question and Russian Imperial Governance (Indiana University Press, 2015). Her next book project is tentatively titled Northern Empire: Development, Environment, and Power in Late Imperial Russia. Full bio.

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