Greetings From The Barricades

by Tobie Mathew
Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia

Art

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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. 

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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. Many of the cards are darkly humorous, combining laughter with a sense of raw indignation at the injustices of Imperial Russia. 

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Greetings From The Barricades is the first major study of the design, production, and distribution of these cards, featuring over 200 images. Together, they form a rich body of political art that illustrates the danger of opposing the regime during this turbulent era. 

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Tobie Mathew is a writer and historian specialising in Russian graphic art and propaganda. He has previously lived in Almaty, Kiev, and Moscow, where he spent three years working as a journalist for The Associated Press. He is now based in London. 

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Greetings From The Barricades
by Tobie Mathew
Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia

Hardback, 480 pages, 24 × 17cm
220 images in colour and b/w
Includes reproduction postcard
To be published 7 November, 2018
Book designed by John Morgan
ISBN 978-1-909829-12-1
£20