Introduction: This project will last two weeks. We will review primary and secondary sources before we start doing online research on Catherine the Great. Although we will use some secondary sources, for background information, we will focus on the primary sources, which we will interpret and use as a basis for discussion and a writing assignment.
After watching the video Primary and Secondary Sources, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen& v=g0plq2E9ZjQ&NR=1) explain the major differences between primary and secondary sources
To gain some background information and gain an understanding of some of the major events in her life, read this biography (secondary source): http://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/all/article/339616/Catherine-the-Great-Empress-of-Russia/
Identify four events that could have shaped her personality. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Expanding Russia’s Territory
This link is a primary source and discusses the partitioning of Poland. http://www.shsu.edu/~his_ncp/PartPol1.html
What was given as a reason for the three powers each to acquire a portion of Poland? Why or why not was this fair?
This link is a primary source and is a letter Catherine wrote to the French scholar Jean le Rond d'Alembert. http://novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/evans/his241/Documents/RobBeaDocs/CatherineLetterDalembert.html
After reading the letter describe Catherine’s motives.