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Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence The Munich Conference (1938)

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What can we learn from this cartoon? This cartoon was published in the Evening Standard on 30th September 1938. It was drawn by a famous cartoonist called David Low and was meant to reflect the events occurring at the Munich Conference.

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence Who are these important figures? Adolf Hitler Neville Chamberlain Edouard Daladier Benito Mussolini Joseph Stalin

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What makes this a cartoon? Hitler Chamberlain Daladier Stalin Mussolini Political cartoons rely on humour to make a point – they use a caricature and exaggeration

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What makes this a cartoon? Hitler Chamberlain Daladier Mussolini Political cartoonists also use expressions and body language to portray different emotions. Stalin

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details?

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details? A map of Czechoslovakia

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details? A copy of the 1933 Four Power Pact

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details? A globe placed between the four leaders

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details? A map of Czechoslovakia A copy of the 1933 Four Power Pact

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details? A map of Czechoslovakia A globe placed between the four leaders

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details? A globe placed between the four leaders A copy of the 1933 Four Power Pact

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What are the other important details? A map of Czechoslovakia A globe placed between the four leaders A copy of the 1933 Four Power Pact

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence Questions to consider Why is there a map of Czechoslovakia on the wall? Why are these four leaders huddled together? Why is Stalin standing on his own? Why has Hitler hidden the Four Power Pact? Why is the globe so symbolically important?

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence What is the cartoonist’s message? WHAT, NO CHAIR FOR ME? Which person is most likely to have said this? Why?

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence Why are historical cartoons useful? Solo Syndication / London Evening Standard Centre for the study of Cartoons and Caricature, University of Kent Historical cartoons reflect the attitudes of the cartoonist and the publication that they worked for. They also give us clues about the popular opinions of the people that lived at that time.

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence: 

Using Political Cartoons as Historical Evidence A checklist for historical cartoons 1. What does the cartoon show? 2. What use is made of exaggeration within the cartoon? 3. What can we tell from the use of body language within the carton 4. How is symbolism used in the cartoon 5. What is the overall message of the cartoon 6. Does the caption help? 7. What does the cartoon tell us about the popular attitudes of that time?

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