Red Fortress The Secret Heart of Russia's History (Kindle ePUB Pdf) AUTHOR Catherine Merridale

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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;. Sometimes we gaze out over the red brick walls at pivotal moments taking shape across the vast Russian landscape sometimes we look down upon the Moskva but most of the time we re on the inside watching buildings rise and crumble as Byzantine robes give way to red bannersNeither fish nor fowl it s easier to say what this book is not It s not a history of Russia nor a history of Moscow It s not completely a history of the Kremlin either That would entail an in depth look at the architecture of the complex from medieval times to the post Soviet restaurations The buildings mostly come into focus at the stage of construction and demolition their fragile splendor interpreted as symbols of tsarist power All this talk of marble and gold would ve warranted a substantial illustration section that leaves Putin out of the picture It s easy to see why he s featured tough the Kremlin can only be a lightweight subject unless intermingled with the lineage of Russia s rulers over the past thousand years It doesn t hurt to have some prior knowledgeMerridale s own stories as a researcher make clear that the Kremlin is a place where history is an illusion a reconstructed story of the past to the Nth degree While the modern complex may seem an organic whole on display it is populated by the ghosts of palaces long demolished Visitors glimpse only a small part of what is left standing the staff holding the ornate keys to entire churches that silently turn to dust behind hidden gates Even in the 21st century the state reserves the right to control the narrative in the interest of its legimitation In this respect little has changed since before Alexander Nevsky defeated the Teutonic Knights on the ice he did not To the Byzantine splendor that defined the timeless otherness of the Russian lands to the Western eye was added the Enlighted veneer of the great Peter and Catherine as their realm was enlarged across Siberia to the Pacific coast and inched forward at the point of a bayonet on its western borders to redefine Russia as a European Great Power The Red stars planted upon the domes radiated the legitimacy of Soviet overlordship as the internationalist principle of pre revolutionary communism gave way to a centralized empire of socialist states under Russia The rallying cry of Za Rodina was briefly resurrected with Army Group Centre at the gates of Moscow and preserved in the postwar nomenclature of the Great Patriotic War And now The Soviet Union fell a generation ago the initial euphoria has waned and the geostrategic giant on feet of clay ponders its place in the world Again the mass of the Kremlin whispers It is your destiny to be great Have your pick at by Simon Sebag Montefiore The Boss the Kremlin has dominated Moscow for many centuries Behind its great red walls and Captain Greys Lady towers many of The Handmaidens the most startling events in Russia's history have been acted out It is both a real place and an imaginative idea;. 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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. 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 the present day which is a frankly very gutsy moveThis is an approach that really works for me I love being shown the evidence first and then the explanation I work well going from Exhibit A to how that ties into Theory B This book also includes a lot of lovely pictures to help guide you Thoroughly recommended if you are even slightly interested in Russian history The Unconscious Civilization the very few buildings in The Complete Tightwad Gazette the world which still keeps its original late medieval function as a palace built The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years to intimidate الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the ruler's subjects and Writing and Selling Magazine Articles to frighten foreign emissaries Red Fortress brilliantly conveys The Strange Bird this sense of Cleopatras Daughter the story of Russia Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the Kremlin And I mean The Sphinx that literally Tidelands (Fairmile the buildings This Strings them what happened Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to Catch and Release them how Devils Paw (Imp, their use has changed Merridal knows a whole lot about architecture and art and uses Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, this In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie those Tea Environments and Plantation Culture things fit into historical patterns including right up 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains to Survive by the Team the present day which is a frankly very gutsy moveThis is an approach Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, that really works for me I love being shown Washington! (Wagons West, the evidence first and Celebration! (Wagons West, the explanation I work well going from Exhibit A Texas! (Wagons West, to how I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery that Revenge ni Miss Piggy ties into Theory B This book also includes a lot of lovely pictures Breakfast Book to help guide you Thoroughly recommended if you are even slightly interested in Russian history

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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 Emotional Victory the drama of Still Life with Woodpecker the Kremlin and its sheer unexpectedness an impregnable fortress which has repeatedly been devastated a symbol of all Bo Knows Bo that is Russian substantially created by Italians The Krem. 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10 thoughts on “Red Fortress The Secret Heart of Russia's History

  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 the Moskva but most of the time we're on the inside watching buildings rise and crumble as Byzantine robes give way to red bannersNeither fish nor fowl it's easier to say what this book is not It's not a history of Russia nor a history of Moscow It's not completely a history of the Kremlin either T

  2. says:

    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 Merridale does start from the beginning with invading hordes and eventually movi

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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’

  5. says:

    “The Kremlin is one of the most famous landmarks in the world” With this sentence Catherine Merridale opens her fascinating and in depth study of this symbolic and instantly recognisable complex of ancient and modern buildings which in so many ways is the very incarnation of the Russian state There is no reliable record of the Kremlin’s beginnings although there is a mention of a prince's residence in 1

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 gri

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 blessin

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