dimecres, 15 d’agost de 2007

Russia (4): the trauma of History

There are 4 historical events that have shaped Russia's history in the last 200 years: the Napoleonic invasion of 1812, the revolution, the Second World War (that Russians call the Great Patriotic War) and the fall of communism.
Of these, Russians are specially proud of their victory over French and German invaders. In the outskirts of Moscow, Park Pobeda (Victory Park) pays homage to those that fought in the Second World War and the nearby Borodino Panorama does the same for the Napoleonic war.
They both contain spectacular panoramic paintings and, in the case of Park Pobeda, an interesting display of Soviet symbolism.