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Catherine Merridale

Name  Catherine Merridale
Role  Writer
Nominations  Samuel Johnson Prize

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Books  Ivan's War, Red Fortress: History a, Red Fortress: The Secr, Night of Stone, Moscow politics and the rise of

Catherine Merridale, FBA (born October 12, 1959) is a writer and historian with a special interest in Russian history.


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Catherine Merridale has a First Class degree in history from King's College, Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Birmingham.

Retiring from her academic career, Merridale became a freelance writer in 2014. She has written for the London Review of Books, the New Statesman, The Independent, The Guardian, and the Literary Review. She has also contributed to BBC Radio. The author has spoken out publicly about the issues of publishing books in the field of history. There is much more pressure to publish shorter articles than full-length books, a "great shame" according to Merridale, author of multiple history books.

In an interview with The Independent, Merridale recalls how she became interested in Russia and its past. She began studying Russian in school and first visited the country at the age of 18. She said of her first impression of Russia, "Going from the then ghastly Soviet airport, everything in Moscow was grey and cold and hard. Suddenly in the middle of the city were these golden cupolas and enormous redbrick walls with peculiar swallowtail battlement pattern that didn’t look Russian, but did at the same time." When she began work on her higher degrees, Merridale spent a year living in Moscow and observing the changes occurring during that time. In another interview with, Merridale summarizes her perspective of Russian history, "my message is that we have to take each generation of Russian leaders as they are and not keep assuming that Russia is fated to follow a special path and will always be the same. That there is a Russian destiny."


  • Merridale, Catherine (1990). Moscow Politics and the Rise of Stalin: The Communist Party in the Capital, 1925-32. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312047991. OCLC 21337606. 
  • Merridale, Catherine (2001). Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia. New York: Viking. ISBN 0670894745. OCLC 44573540. 
  • Merridale, Catherine (2006). Culture and Combat Motivation. London: Sage Publications. OCLC 67636955. 
  • Merridale, Catherine (2006). Ivan's War: life and death in the Red Army, 1939-1945. New York: Metropolitan Books. ISBN 0805074554. OCLC 60671899. 
  • Merridale, Catherine (2013). Red fortress: history and illusion in the Kremlin. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Volt and Company. ISBN 0805086803. OCLC 827256860. 
  • Merridale, Catherine (2016). Lenin on the Train. UK: Penguin. ISBN 0141979933. OCLC 944462944. 
  • Awards

  • Britain's Heinemann Award for Literature for Night of Stone
  • New York Military Affairs Symposium's Arthur Goodzeit Prize for best book on Military History for Ivan's War
  • Pushkin House Russian Book Prize for Red Fortress
  • Wolfson History Prize for Red Fortress
  • References

    Catherine Merridale Wikipedia

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