Professor Catherine Merridale

Catherine Merridale is an award-winning writer and historian.  Her most recent book, Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History (Allen Lane, October 2013) is published in paperback by Penguin Books in May 2014.  Red Fortress won the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize in April 2014 and the Wolfson History Prize in June 2014.  Catherine Merridale is the author of four other books on Russian history, including Night of Stone, which won the 2001 Heinemann Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and Ivan’s War, a history of the experience of Red Army soldiers in the Second World War.  Her books, which have won international acclaim, have been translated into fifteen languages.  Catherine Merridale also writes and broadcasts about Russian politics, culture and current affairs, and she is a regular visitor to Moscow and St Petersburg. 



Research and publications


  • Merridale, Catherine (1990). Moscow Politics and the Rise of Stalin: The Communist Party in the Capital, 1925-32. New York: St. Martin's Press
  • Merridale, Catherine (2001). Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia. New York: Viking
  • Merridale, Catherine (2006). Culture and Combat Motivation. London: Sage Publications
  • Merridale, Catherine (2006). Ivan's War: life and death in the Red Army, 1939-1945. New York: Metropolitan Books
  • Merridale, Catherine (2013). Red fortress: history and illusion in the Kremlin. New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Volt and Company