THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A CITY: THE HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF ST. PETERSBURG
Mon 16th Mar 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Rosamund Bartlett completed her doctorate at Oxford and is an authority on the cultural history of Russia. She will be talking to us about how Peter the Great started planning and building this sumptuous city in the 18th century and the remarkable transformations it went through between the 18th and 20th centuries under the various leaders including the Empress Elizabeth, Catherine the Great, Tsar Alexander I and the last Romanov Tsar. We will be looking at the imposing buildings, the brilliance of the city’s cultural life and how the Arts, Ballet and Opera had revolutionised the city, boasting world class performers such as Pavlova, Nijinsky and Chaliapin along with figures such a Diaghilev and Malevich, before it was engulfed by the 1917 Revolution. Also, we will hear about the name changes the city went through and how after the collapse of Soviet power it once again became St. Petersburg. This promises to be a fascinating and enjoyable day.
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