Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin by Catherine Merridale
2013 | ISBN: 0805086803 | English | 528 Pages | EPUB | 3 MB
A magisterial, richly detailed history of the Kremlin, and of the centuries of Russian elites who have shaped it-and been shaped by it in turn
The Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, a fortress whose blood-red walls have witnessed more than eight hundred years of political drama and extraordinary violence. It has been the seat of a priestly monarchy and a worldly church; it has served as a crossroads for diplomacy, trade, and espionage; it has survived earthquakes, devastating fires, and at least three revolutions. Its very name is a byword for enduring power. From Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin, generations of Russian leaders have sought to use the Kremlin to legitimize their vision of statehood.
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