Twilight of the Romanovs

Twilight of the Romanovs

A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia

  1. Philipp Blom
  2. Veronica Buckley
  • ISBN 9780500516683
  • 29.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 248pp
  • 360 Illustrations, 114 in colour
  • First published 2013
‘A rare treat to be able to see century-old images in colour … everyone should find something of interest’ – Amateur Photographer
'I have never seen a more beautiful book on the tragic dynasty of the Romanovs and the Imperial Russia they ruled over … this book is the nearest thing we have to a time machine to this period … this book is very much a thing of beauty’– Destructive

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.

Twilight of the Romanovs

These photographs 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.

Philipp Blom was born in Hamburg in 1970. After studies in Vienna and Oxford, he obtained a D.Phil. in Modern History. Among his publications are The Simmons Papers, To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting, Encyclopédie, The Vertigo Years: Change and Culture in the West, 1900–1914 and A Wicked Company, an account of the radical Enlightenment in Ancien Régime Paris.

After studying languages and philosophy at the Universities of Canterbury and London, Veronica Buckley worked in fields ranging from classical music to computing. Following further studies at Oxford University she devoted herself entirely to literature, both historical biography and fiction. Her Queen Christina: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric was published in 2004, followed four years later by Madame de Maintenon. Veronica Buckley has also contributed to numerous essay anthologies, travel books and The Times.