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  1. says:

    Sometimes we gaze out over the red brick walls at pivotal moments taking shape across the vast Russian landscape; sometimes we look down upon t

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    Reading the Red Fortress is like reading a mini history of the various rulers of Russia I was hoping for interesting architectural details and a full disclosure of all the tricks they use to keep Lenin looking fresh but no such luck Merridal

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    35 stars This was a book that I'm glad I read but really felt like a slog So much detail that it was overwhelming I'm impressed at the research that went into this but for a general audience book it felt too academic for me Also it could really use some timelines and maybe a brief cast of characters I think that would've increased my understanding and ability to keep track of who was who and when significantly

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    I always thought of the Kremlin as an elegant and stately government building in the French Imperial style with Byzantine and Russian

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    “The Kremlin is one of the most famous landmarks in the world” With this sentence Catherine Merridale opens

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    For enthusiasm and research Catherine Merridale deserves five stars but despite having visited Moscow both before and after the collapse of Communism and been inside the Kremlin I found this history hard goingThe opening chapters seem padded out since there is little to say about the rural backwater of Moscow and the wood

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    A fantastic introduction to the broad sweep of Russian history through the lens of the pretty ill treated Kremlin complex Ms Merridale's depth of research is accompanied by a great turn of phrase and the ability to keep the reader interested through a sometimes dizzying whirl of dynastic change I particularly enjoyed the coverage o

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    Another book where you want to start re reading it the minute you've finished This biography of the Kremlin provides a history of how Russia has re invented itself over and over again across the centuries The individuals in charge who inflicted such suffering on the Russian people are brought vividly to life and the firebird nature of the site itself is described in fascinating detail sometimes ironic sometimes tragic

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    This book tells the story of Russia through the history of the Kremlin And I mean that literally the buildings This talks about who built them what happened to them how their use has changed; Merridal knows a whole lot about architecture and art and uses this to then explain how those things fit into historical patterns including right up to

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    Very detailed history of the Kremlin spanning basically a millennium of Russian History Ms Merridale really did her homework while writing this book as it was full of information However being so full of information can be a blessing and a curse With each chapter being on average 30 pages the chapters can really drag out especially when she rambles on about art and the way a building looks I also think she spent too much time i

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read Í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ë Catherine Merridale

A shorthand for a certain kind of secretive power but also the heart of a specific Russian authenticityCatherine Merridale's exceptional new book revels in both the drama of the Kremlin and its sheer unexpectedness an impregnable fortress which has repeatedly been devastated a symbol of all that is Russian substantially created by Italians The Krem. I always thought of the Kremlin as an elegant and stately government building in the French Imperial style with Byzantine and Russian motifs surrounded by an imposing red wall in front of the enormous Red Suare forever flanked by St Basil s Cathedral which in my humble opinion is like an Arabian fairy tale nightmare induced by really bad shrooms In political terms I believed said building simply housed the office and staff of Russian potentates a sort of White House in steroids since Russian leaders seem to enjoy enormous unchecked powers vis vis their American counterparts As it happens I was wrong I was only thinking of the Grand Kremlin Palace The Kremlin is not a building but a citadel Indeed the very definition of Kremlin is the citadel of Moscow In her book the author describes in chronological order the origins and development of this citadel of Moscow The book provides a detailed account on each structure that ever populated the citadel who commissioned it what was its function where within the compound was it located who was the architect its style a description of the structure who built it when and why was it destroyed or renovated etc By placing each structure within its historical context the author ends up giving a condensed history of Russia Moscow has been Russia s capital city for seven 7 out of its nine 9 centuries of history For most of that time the Kremlin has been its seat of power Since its origin it has witnessed many of the major events which shaped present day Russia As a result the Kremlin is not only the very foundation of Russia but it also lies at its very heart Even when the capital was St Peterburg or when the real business of government was carried out elsewhere although neglected it was never forgotten To this day it remains the most recognizable icon of Russian government In this regard the book is downright fascinating My only complaint is that not all buildings are accompanied by an illustration In addition all pictures and illustrations therein which are by far incomplete are bundled together in the beginning the middle and the end of the book without any reference to them in the text itself Thus many of the buildings described in the book get lost in my imagination

read Red Fortress The Secret Heart of Russia's History

Red Fortress The Secret Heart of Russia's History

Lin is one of the very few buildings in the world which still keeps its original late medieval function as a palace built to intimidate the ruler's subjects and to frighten foreign emissaries Red Fortress brilliantly conveys this sense of the Kremlin as a stage set nearly as potent under Vladimir Putin as it was under earlier far baleful inhabitant. A fantastic introduction to the broad sweep of Russian history through the lens of the pretty ill treated Kremlin complex Ms Merridale s depth of research is accompanied by a great turn of phrase and the ability to keep the reader interested through a sometimes dizzying whirl of dynastic change I particularly enjoyed the coverage of the grim days of the Stalin purges and the role of the Kremlin in attempts to legitimise the post communist democratic settlement Ms Merridale s attempts to demonstrate the historical flexibility of Russia and its people as a counter to perceptions of an ingrained authoritarian streak in the Russian national character is not particularly convincing however and her readable and competent overview of their history particularly the 1617th century Time of Troubles period the Civil War and the early 1990s is likely to cement the view that Russians want strong government precisely because they feel they have so much to fear from its opposite But none of this takes away from a great read that wonderfully illustrates the frenetic chaotic destructive and romantic history of this tiny area Would definitely recommend

read Í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ë Catherine Merridale

The extraordinary story of the Kremlin from prize winning author and historian Catherine MerridaleBoth beautiful and profoundly menacing the Kremlin has dominated Moscow for many centuries Behind its great red walls and towers many of the most startling events in Russia's history have been acted out It is both a real place and an imaginative idea;. 35 stars This was a book that I m glad I read but really felt like a slog So much detail that it was overwhelming I m impressed at the research that went into this but for a general audience book it felt too academic for me Also it could really use some timelines and maybe a brief cast of characters I think that would ve increased my understanding and ability to keep track of who was who and when significantly