Ignoring Catherine the Great

I take back the nice things I said (and thought) about Geoffrey Hosking’s Russia and the Russians. I have just started chapter 6, which is about Paul, Alexander I, and Nicholas I. One would expect Catherine the Great to have figured prominently in the prior chapter, right? Nope, that didn’t happen. Hosking barely mentions Catherine. The extent of what he says about her is that she was not a Romanov by blood.

That’s true, of course, but she did great things for the Russian empire and deserves more than a few passing comments. I am greatly disappointed in this book right now.