This new approach to the history of the Second World War, first published in 1990, examines the events of this period through the cartoons of the day. Roy Douglas explains the messages behind the humour and reveals that the perception of war differed radically from country to country. This collection highlights the importance of the media in this global war.
‘An authoritative narrative about what inspired the artists to take to their pens and papers… By putting it all into perspective, the poignancy, and often the brilliance of the political cartoonist is shown to the reader… Douglas’s historical narrative adds to the enjoyment.’ West Coast Review of Books
‘Douglas’s valuable book uses the political cartoon as historical mirror… The book is very important for its attempt to correlate visual media with national policy at a crucial period in recent history.’ Choice
Table of Contents
1. The Road to War 2. The Arrival of War 3. Scandinavia and the Baltic 4. The Battle of France 5. Aftermath 6. Autumn 1940 7. The Neutrals 8. The Soviet Union, 1939–41 9. Atlantic Partnership, 1939–41 10. Japan, 1939–41 11. The Far East, 1941–2 12. The German War in 1942 13. War and the Changing World 14. North Africa and France, 1942–3 15. The War in 1943 16. Inter-Allied Problems, 1943 17. Western Europe, 1944 18. Eastern Europe, 1944 19. Yalta 20. The End of the War in Europe 21. Inter-Allied Relations, 1945 22. British Wartime Politics 23. The End of the Far Eastern War 24. The Remaining Problems