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Catherine II,
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“the Great,” tsarina of Russia (1762–1796; born princess of Anhalt-Zerbst, Apr 21, 1729, Stettin, died Nov 6, 1796, Carskoe Selo); on her marriage to Peter III (1761–1762), she converted to the Orthodox Church. As a representative of an enlightened absolutism, she practiced religious tolerance so long as state interests were not affected. In the acquired territories of Poland, Courland, the Crimea, and the Black Sea region, both Christian and non-Christian faith communities were respected. Under her rule, reforms were…

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Oswalt, Julia, “Catherine II,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11399>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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