DBQ2: Views of Absolutism



This English cartoon shows Catherine the Great being offered the cities of Warsaw and Constantinople by the devil.  The title is "Queen Catherine's Dream."  Catherine claimed to be fighting the Turks to free Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire from Muslim rule.  The English had a different view.  They accused her of simply wanting more territory.

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a. What elements of the cartoon suggest that the cartoonist is suspicious of Catherine's motives?
b. How does the cartoon reflect the history of absolutism in England, in contrast to its history in Russia?

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