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1. Catherine II (the Great). The successor of the sickly Peter III, Catherine II was his wife until his suspected murder and she took the throne in 1762. Although she made no great reforms in Russian society, she gathered many friends by her death in 1796.
Catherine had to keep the nobility pleased at all times because if she didnít she could be dethroned easily. Because of this she carried out very few social reforms. Russia continued to follow an economic growth that Peter that Great had started. She tried to remove trade barriers, and assisted in expanding the middle class, which helped trade. Catherine IIís great addition to Russia was the land she gained, she was able to add more territory to Russia than had been in nearly a century before her.
While nothing very important was achieved during Catherineís rule, she acquired valuable friends that proved to be useful in the future of Russia.
Alexander I. The successor of Paul I and the grandson of Catherine...
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