"This book offers the reader a well-researched and nuanced analysis of the politics and aesthetics of a period and place whose significance is underappreciated."—Andrew M. Nedd, Russian Review
"In recent years, works by Hubertus F. Jahn, Peter Gatrell, Peter Holquist, Eric Lohr, Joshua A. Sanborn, Melissa K. Stockdale, and others have expanded our knowledge of World War I's impact in Russia. . . . Cohen's new book adds an important dimension to this historiography, demonstrating that wartime cultural mobilization was more pervasive and more complex than previously understood."
—Stephen M. Norris, American Historical Review
"This is a carefully framed piece of research that raises important questions about the extent to which the political, economic and cultural conditions of wartime affected the course of modern Russian art."—Rosalind P. Blakesley, Revolutionary Russia
"This is a daring book that deftly balances between history and cultural studies. Aaron Cohen mixes the public debates in contemporary newspapers and journals with an analysis of the visual art that this world produced. This leads to a satisfying and intellectually engaging read."—Aaron B. Retish, Europe-Asia Studies
"[Cohen's] focused argument that Russian avant-garde painters found their public and forged a closer link to the government in the crucible of the Great War makes an original and important contribution both to art history and to the history of the mobilization for war."—Eric Lohr, Slavic Review