Twilight of the Romanovs : A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia, Hardback

Twilight of the Romanovs : A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia Hardback

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"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.

They include many remarkable colour images created using an early three-colourplate technique; these bring the remote past to life with an especially vivid jolt.

We discover a world of exceptional diversity, seemingly timeless, almost archaic, marked by persistent poverty, yet also abundantly rich and often surprisingly modern.

These photographs are snapshots of a vanished world.

The Russian Empire was soon to be destroyed, and, in the ensuing blood-soaked decades, 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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 360 illustrations, 114 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780500516683



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I was completely disappointed with this book. With a title like "Twilight of the Romanovs" and the cover photo showing some actual Romanovs, I would expect this book to be about the Romanovs. I was sadly mistaken. The book hardly touches on them and is instead, a photographic record of Russia at the time. Highly deceiving title.

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