Twilight of the Romanovs

A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia



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Philipp Blom, Veronica Buckley


Twilight of the Romanovs opens a door onto the world of pre-revolutionary Russia in original photographs taken during the last decades of Romanov rule. These are snapshots of a vanished world and include many remarkable colour images created using an early three-colour-plate technique which bring the remote past to life with an especially vivid jolt.

The Russian Empire was soon to be destroyed and rendered unrecognizable. Yet these images reveal a surprising continuity: despite the subsequent cataclysm, faces, postures, buildings and landscapes still resonate with those who see them a century and more later.

The Russian Empire was torn between a rural population living almost medieval lives and the industrial and social change in the cities. The Tsar’s gigantic realm struggled with modernity and with its own internal contradictions between Asia and Europe; faith and science; ethnic divisions; and the divergent interests of the aristocracy, the middle classes, the urban workers and the rural poor. This continent of contradictions was captured by authors from Tolstoy to Chekhov, from Gogol to Gorky and Bely.

Additional information

Weight 1740 g
Dimensions 25 x 30 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 February 2013
Number of pages 248
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25 x 30 cm
Weight 1740 g


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Among Philipp Blom's other books are To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting, Encyclop├ędie, The Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914 and A Wicked Company.

Veronica Buckley has contributed to numerous essay anthologies, travel books and The Times. She is the author of Queen Christina: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric and Madame de Maintenon.