Leadership is a unique role in every form of government
spanning time from the beginning of civilization to the present. As such, there
have been several different attempts to renovate leadership roles to be more
successful for the nation. From dictators to republics, countless nations have
tried countless governmental systems to improve their rule. However, few
leadership ideas had as much intellectual influence as the concept of
enlightened abolitionism in the 18th century. Leaders such as
Catherine attempted to follow the teachings of Enlightenment philosophers by
focusing on human rights, religious toleration, and educational reforms.
Catherine of Aragon was naturally introduced to a group
of lords and rulers and was bound to wind up noticeably one herself. She was
pledged since she was around four years of age to the future ruler of England.
She satisfied this fate, however moved toward becoming victim of Henry VIII’s
failure to deliver a male beneficiary. Hence, she was expelled from her honored
position and her marriage canceled. Albeit, perhaps not the most noteworthy of
Henry VIII’s spouses, she unquestionably had left a mark on history.
Catherine was seen as a very intelligent woman. She made
it her goal to reform Russia and this followed through with her thoughts and
ideas on enlightenment. In Letter of the Baron de Breteuil he states that she
is very ambitious. That she would encourage the sciences and arts and that they
would flourish. (Spielvogel 536) However, he also goes along to state the
negatives about her and how she is proud, and arrogant and that she will be stubborn
and those who put too much trust in her should be distressed. (Spielvogel 536)
She shows her strength in humanity and shows how she
cared for her people and only wanted the best for them by saying that “What is
the true End of Monarchy? Not to deprive People of their natural Liberty; but
to correct their Actions, in order to attain the supreme good…” (Spielvogel
536) Sometimes it can be seen as her being self-centered with how she went
about her superiority. She was charming, yet very prideful.
and approaches were results of the eighteenth century; her demands to be enlightened
were particular to Russia as that time. History specialists who have focused
incredible exertion on examining how intently Catherine’s words coordinated her
activities, that she was so consistent with the Enlightenment. However, instead
of analysis Catherine as a wolf in sheep’s clothing and examining the hole
between her words and activities from the point of view and standards of an
alternate time, with various esteems and implications, it ought to be dissected
that Catherine’s expectations and arrangements and the requirements that she
confronted. It is to be contends here that Catherine the Great was in fact
recognized. She was a dynamic, vigorous, keen ruler, some of the time liberal,
at times savage, constantly vain, constantly diligent, yet with unswerving
sense of duty regarding modernizing Russia.