Enlightened Despotism and Islam Under Catherine II

  title={Enlightened Despotism and Islam Under Catherine II},
  author={A. Fisher},
  journal={Slavic Review},
Discussions of Catherine II as an “enlightened despot” usually emphasize her attempts to reform the social and political bases of the Russian Empire and to gain the active support of the nobility and gentry in governmental activity. Catherine denned enlightened government as wellordered government, achieving its policy and programs through bureaucratic and political means rather than with the sheer force that many of her predecessors had used. The term “Russification” is seldom used with… Expand