2014 Festival

Red Fortress: the secret heart of Russia’s history – Catherine Merridale in conversation with Séamus Martin

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

Both beautiful and profoundly menacing, the Kremlin has dominated Moscow for many centuries. Behind its great red walls many of the most startling events in Russia’s history have been acted out. It is both a real place and an imaginative idea; a shorthand for a certain kind of secretive power, but also the heart of a specific Russian authenticity. Catherine Merridale, one of the foremost experts on 20th-century Russian history, discusses her exceptional new book Red Fortress with Séamus Martin.

Catherine Merridale is Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2013 she won the prestigious Wolfson Prize for History for Red Fortress. Professor Merridale is the author of many books on Russian history including her tour de force on the ordinary Russian soldier, Ivan’s War: The Red Army, 1939-45.

Séamus Martin is the former Moscow correspondent and international editor of the Irish Times.

Recorded at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle on 28th September 2014.