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From Peter the Great to Putin this is the unforgettable story of St Petersburg – one of the most magical menacing and influential cities in the worldSt Petersburg has always felt like an impossible metropolis risen from the freezing mists and flooded marshland of the River Neva on the western edge of Russia It was a new capital in an old country Established in 1703 by the sheer will of its charismatic founder the homicidal megalomaniac Peter the Great its dazzling yet unhinged reputation was uickly fashioned by the sadistic dominion. 35 Stars The fortress was completed in five months The bodies of workers killed by malaria scurvy dysentery or Swedish attack were wrapped in muslin sacks and packed into cavities in the foundations Reasonable estimates for the human cost of the initial building of St Petersburg run to 30000 deaths How is that for symbolism Someone once described it as A city created by a drunken man trying to walk a straight line Many books on Russian history like so many Russian novels can often appear a bit daunting especially when you hold that weighty doorstop in your hands for the first time it can seem like your own crime and punishment your only crime to open the first page and your punishment being to read it to the last but thankfully this is another one of those entertaining and accessible pathways to a rich surreal and fascinating world of the city of St Petersburg Loaded rifles were placed all ov

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Of its early rulersThis city in its successive incarnations – St Petersburg; Petrograd; Leningrad and once again St Petersburg – has always been a place of perpetual contradiction It was a window on to Europe and the Enlightenment but so much of the glory of Russia was created here its literature music dance and for a time its political vision It gave birth to the artistic genius of Pushkin and Dostoyevsky Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich Pavlova and Nureyev Yet for all its glittering palaces fairytale balls and enchanting gardens th. After visiting St Petersburg last year I became fascinated by this beautiful and tragic city built on marchland of the river Neva at the cost of thousands of lives constantly threatened by flooding and revolutions and yet home of the most stunning palaces and churches as well as the birthplace of artistic genius like Pushkin Dostoyevsky Tchaikovsky and Nureyev The book of Jonathan Miles shows us three centuries of fantastic history to the present day where the future of St Petersburg is endangered by the sinking of the city Apparently even worse than Venice

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E blood of thousands has been spilt on its snow filled streets It has been a hotbed of war and revolution a place of siege and starvation and the crucible for Lenin and Stalin’s power hungry brutalityIn St Petersburg Jonathan Miles recreates the drama of three hundred years in this absurd and brilliant city bringing us up to the present day when – once – its fate hangs in the balance This is an epic tale of murder massacre and madness played out against sualor and splendour It is an unforgettable portrait of a city and its peopl. Good for a basic overview of the city s history It is really interesting and touches on a lot but doesn t go into anything in depth There were also a couple parts that were a little misleading Still a good read

  • Hardcover
  • 608
  • St Petersburg
  • Jonathan Miles
  • English
  • 14 May 2018
  • 9780091959463

10 thoughts on “St Petersburg

  1. says:

    35 Stars“The fortress was completed in five months The bodies of workers killed by malaria scurvy dysentery or Swedish attack were wrapped in muslin sacks and packed into cavities in the foundations Reasonable es

  2. says:

    Yes perhaps it was the three centuries of murderous desire that caught my eye a subtitle I hope one day to borrow for my first autobiography But this is exactly the sort of non fiction I enjoy a detailed study of an unknown unknown Sure I was dimly aware of Russia's sometime capital in its capacity as literary and revolutionary backdrop and some of its name changes but otherwise it had never even occurred to me that I di

  3. says:

    In St Petersburg Three Centuries of Murderous Desire Jonathan Miles has taken up a remarkable task to describe St Petersburg form the birth of the city until the present day The idea itself is of course fantastic I have always seen c

  4. says:

    Excellent story about St Peterburg and Russians with insights humour and facts I think I will read it again soon

  5. says:

    Good book marred by factual errors Pearl Harbor in 1942 seriously? Lenin’s mislabeling the Mensheviks repeated as truth Tsar’s abdication site incorrect Too bad because otherwise a good read

  6. says:

    After visiting St Petersburg last year I became fascinated by this beautiful and tragic city built on marchland of the river Neva at the cost of thousands of lives constantly threatened by flooding and revolutions and yet home of the most stunning palaces and churches as well as the birthplace of artistic genius like Pus

  7. says:

    This book is a great introduction to the tale of St Petersburg It moves from the city's founding in 1703 up to 2017 The sweep is broad covering

  8. says:

    A lively tale about a remarkable city Miles has a gift for dredging up odd details and taking us on a wild ride through the past and gives us a course in Russian history From the czars to Rasputin to Stalin to Putin you'll get a glimpse of some of the horrors the city has endured as well as the art inspired A surprisingly enjoyable read

  9. says:

    Good for a basic overview of the city's history It is really interesting and touches on a lot but doesn't go into anythin

  10. says:

    I'm trying to read non fiction and as I'm going to St Petersburg soon I thought I'd try it I'm glad I did; it was a bit dense in detail in places but it traces St P history clearly had traces history from the Ts

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