Russian Empress Catherine II, Polish Governor Aleksander Wielopolski, and Prussian Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck – What Do They Have in Common? Image and Policies
11 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2014 Last revised: 20 Jun 2019
Date Written: 2014
The main purpose of this paper is to show discrepancy between the political image in the international arena of the XVIIIth-century and XIXth-century rulers: Russian Empress Catherine II and the Prussian Iron Chancellor Otto von Bismark, as well as a more arcane political figure in European politics: Polish XIXth-century governor – Aleksander Wielopolski. I will first present the depiction of Catherine II, her enlightenment policy and real ones. Then, I will precede to the depiction of Aleksander Wielopolski as a reformer of the Russian partition of Poland, an administrator and a major traitor. Finally, I will present the political idolized image of Otto von Bismark, especially popular in Western History, and his real politics.
Keywords: Catherine II, Bismarck, Aleksander Wielopolski
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