Catherine Merridale

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Venue: Estonian Writers’ Union (see on map)
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Original language: English
Translated to: Estonian
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Catherine Merridale

Catherine Merridale (1959) is a British historian who specialises in Russian history. Her first book to be published in Estonian, Ivan’s War, takes an unusual look at the experience of the Second World War by focusing on the lives of ordinary soldiers. Merridale looks behind the streams and statistics of Big History, analysing why and how ordinary Red Army soldiers endured at the front. Her book Red Fortress researchers the history of the Kremlin. She has talked about the enduring impression left by the golden domes and powerful red-brick walls of the Kremlin on her 18-year-old self when she was visiting Moscow for the first time. The Red Fortress takes a look at the varied, grand and dark history behind those walls. Merridale’s latest book Lenin on the Train (2016), is, as the title indicates, a passionate study of the pivotal year 1917 when the instigator of the Russian revolution embarked on a personal odyssey from Zürich to St Petersburg to have a forceful impact on history. Catherine Merridale will talk to history professor Karsten Brüggemann.

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