The Kremlin: A fortress that has shaped a nation

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Start the Week is at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead. Anne McElvoy talks to the historian Catherine Merridale about the Kremlin - a Russian fortress which has retained its original medieval function to intimidate and control, and which holds a special place in the imagination. Few buildings in England inspire such fear, but Simon Thurley explores how the country's architecture has influenced the world. The Newcastle-born writer Michael Chaplin looks to the history of the River Tyne to understand the changing fortunes of the city and its population; and the Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri attempts to save the remnants of Calcutta's colonial past under its ever-changing skyline.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 28 Oct 2013 21:30

Catherine Merridale

Catherine Merridale is Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London.


Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History is published by Allen Lane.


Catherine Merridale

Michael Chaplin

Michael Chaplin is a writer.


Tyne View is published by New Writing North.


Port of Tyne Writer in Residence

Simon Thurley

Simon Thurley is an architectural historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage.


The Building of England: How the History of England has Shaped our Buildings is published by William Collins.


Simon Thurley

Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri is an author and Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia.


Calcutta: Two Years in the City is published by Union Books.


Amit Chaudhuri


Role Contributor
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestCatherine Merridale
Interviewed GuestSimon Thurley
Interviewed GuestAmit Chaudhuri
Interviewed GuestMichael Chaplin
ProducerKaty Hickman

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