Profiling Russian Empress Catherine the Great (1762-96), a German princess who rose to power after the murder of her husband, Peter III. She is remembered for her authoritarian court, her scandalous love life and her ruthless desire for power.
Examining the rule of Russian czar Peter the Great (1672-1725), who transformed the country into an 18th-century European powerhouse. Included: a look at his vitriolic relationship with his son, whom he sentenced to prison.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) meets his Waterloo in this profile, which focuses on the final campaign follwing his escape from exile on the Mediterranean island Elba in 1815. Known as the Hundred Days, the campaign began March 7, when he persuaded troops of the newly installed King Louis XVIII to switch sides and he recaptured Paris. But he was defeated at Waterloo on June 18 and was exiled to St. Helena.