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

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Magdalena Laskowska

Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Laskowska, Magdalena, Russian Empress Catherine II, Polish Governor Aleksander Wielopolski, and Prussian Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck – What Do They Have in Common? Image and Policies (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507249 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2507249

Magdalena Laskowska (Contact Author)

Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas ( email )

12 place du Pantheon
Paris cedex 06, 75231
France

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