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Greetings From The Barricades Reviews

Greetings From The Barricades by Tobie Mathew

Greetings From The Barricades

Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia

Tobie Mathew

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: Four Corners Books
Publisher: Four Corners Books
Publication date: 7 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9781909829121

Amid the chaos and violence of the 1905 Revolution in Russia, the Tsar's opponents printed and distributed vast quantities of picture postcards. Easy to share, hide and smuggle, postcards were a way to beat the censor and spread a message of defiance. Produced by a diverse set of revolutionaries, liberals and opportunists, the content of these cards is equally wide-ranging: from satirical caricatures directed against the government to rare photographs of revolutionary demonstrations.

4 stars out of 5
12 Jan 2019

"promises happy times for anyone with an interest in early 20th-century Russian art and history"

In this handsomely illustrated book Tobie Mathew makes a case for the lowly postcard’s role in the politicisation of pre-revolutionary Russia... Like every publication that I’ve seen from Four Corners Books (including the irresistible UFO Drawings from the National Archive, a favourite birthday present this year),  Greetings from the Barricades looks a treat. The illustrations are vivid and copious and the layout is stylish. If the text is a little too detailed for the casual reader, the book still promises happy times for anyone with an interest in early 20th-century Russian art and history.


5 stars out of 5
1 Dec 2018

"magnificently produced and professionally edited"

Mathew must have dug deep to unearth so many hundreds of revolutionary examples... Tobie Mathew’s magnificent book testifies to Russia’s unrepeatable two years of free-ranging political satire. The book has been magnificently produced and professionally edited. It is very generously illustrated, with excellent notes and index. The narrative is a little disorganised, neither wholly chronological nor thematic, but everything one might want to know can be found in it.