Great Catherine's Many Dimensions | The National Interest:
Catherine the Great was one of the most famous rulers of pre-Revolution Russia. She was at once an enlightener, a law giver and reformer of state institutions. But she was also a woman whose marriage could not be consummated. In desperation she used her power of seduction to help her consolidate her hold over her country. Her's was a classic case of the successful use of sexual politics. For us Indians there is deja vu here.