Catherine the Great: Power, Propaganda and Love with Vadim Malinovsky

Catherine the Great: Power, Propaganda and Love with Vadim Malinovsky


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Join a historian to learn about coup d’etat, love stories, ambitious reforms, victorious wars and the unique personality of the most famous empress of Russia - Catherine the Great. We’ll discuss her full participation in the political and cultural life of Europe, hot on the heels of the work begun by Peter the Great.

Together we will explore 18th century Russia and its greatest events through the life of this formidable character. We’ll hear of many interesting stories as we begin our conversation focusing on this our leading protagonist - who was in fact the daughter of an impoverished Prussian prince. We will begin by focusing on the first 18 years of Catherine’s life before she arrived in Russia and got her hands on the throne of the Russian Empire. These were years filled with disappointment and we will learn why this is so in our time together.

We’ll move on to discussing just how she got the title “great” and became one of two great emperors of the country. We will talk about her reforms, her achievements and her weaknesses. We’ll finish up by discussing the private life of Catherine the Great, with tales of lovers, illegitimate children, Royal clashes and much more.

Led by a historian Vadim Malinovsky this seminar will give a deep dive into the lifestyle of the Russian Royal family as well as history of the country of the second part of the 18th century. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the wonderful heritage leftover from Catherine the Great.

Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin’s national policy.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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J
J.R.
great stuff

the visuals and music were terrific and really added to, and illustrated the history Vadim shared. well done!

R
R.R.
Detailed and informative

Vadim is very knowledgeable about the subject and of Russian history in general. He provided many interesting facts, photographs, diagrams, and other visuals, as well as a few tracks of relevant music. Knowing a bit about Catherine the Great myself and having visited St. Petersburg, Russia, I was a little disappointed that the era did not "come to life" much through his presentation. Solid, but not as "great" as the subject.

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A.M.

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L
L.
Catherine the Great

Excellent job. Vadim is so knowledgeable & presents the material in an enjoyable manner making you want to learn more. I would highly recommend Vadim & the program to everyone

J
J.H.
Excellent Presentation - Wonderful Depth, Breadth and Pace

Our guide, Vadim, was INCREDIBLE!!! He demonstrated such breadth and depth to his knowledge of Catherine the Great and her time period. He was extremely organized and his pace was perfect! I loved how he put everything into context with the time period and the larger continent of Europe. He moved smoothly between the different subject areas of power, propaganda and love and wove them together well. I learned a ton and really enjoyed seeing many places that I hope to visit post-pandemic. This was a great mix of tour, history, and the arts. I thought it was great that he even included a 30 second music sample and explained it and the influences and what to listen for. I look forward to taking more of Vadim's classes and hopefully having him as a guide when I can actually travel to Russia (post-pandemic). I highly recommend him - he was very engaging and the topic of Catherine the Great was great, Thank you, Context, another home run!

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
75%
(6)
13%
(1)
13%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
J.R.
great stuff

the visuals and music were terrific and really added to, and illustrated the history Vadim shared. well done!

R
R.R.
Detailed and informative

Vadim is very knowledgeable about the subject and of Russian history in general. He provided many interesting facts, photographs, diagrams, and other visuals, as well as a few tracks of relevant music. Knowing a bit about Catherine the Great myself and having visited St. Petersburg, Russia, I was a little disappointed that the era did not "come to life" much through his presentation. Solid, but not as "great" as the subject.

A
A.M.

Guest did not leave comment

L
L.
Catherine the Great

Excellent job. Vadim is so knowledgeable & presents the material in an enjoyable manner making you want to learn more. I would highly recommend Vadim & the program to everyone

J
J.H.
Excellent Presentation - Wonderful Depth, Breadth and Pace

Our guide, Vadim, was INCREDIBLE!!! He demonstrated such breadth and depth to his knowledge of Catherine the Great and her time period. He was extremely organized and his pace was perfect! I loved how he put everything into context with the time period and the larger continent of Europe. He moved smoothly between the different subject areas of power, propaganda and love and wove them together well. I learned a ton and really enjoyed seeing many places that I hope to visit post-pandemic. This was a great mix of tour, history, and the arts. I thought it was great that he even included a 30 second music sample and explained it and the influences and what to listen for. I look forward to taking more of Vadim's classes and hopefully having him as a guide when I can actually travel to Russia (post-pandemic). I highly recommend him - he was very engaging and the topic of Catherine the Great was great, Thank you, Context, another home run!