One Country, Two Capitals, Review of Solomon Volkov's St. Petersburg: A Cultural History

TThis century has seen power swing with unambiguous force from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

Issue: Fall 1996

Review of Solomon Volkov's St. Petersburg: A Cultural History (New York: The Free Press, 1996) and Timothy J. Colton's Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995).

Most European countries have a single, unequivocal capital city, the seat of political, economic, and cultural power. It is only when one moves to larger realms outside Europe--to India, China, or the United States--that one starts to see a dispersal of the functions of the capital to more than one location.

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