The Secret Heart of Russia's History
Allen Lane 2013
Hardback 520pp Illustrated
9781846140372   Product Code: 17848
For centuries, the Kremlin has been the seat of Russian autocracy, its vast red walls built to cow invaders and subjects alike. This brilliantly original account demonstrates how this fortified complex embodies the nation's turbulent history, explains its religious and governmental functions, and charts the architectural changes made by successive rulers. Sidelined when Peter the Great made St Petersburg the capital, the red citadel re-assumed its dominance with the Bolsheviks - a role that continues today under the steely grip of Vladimir Putin.