Comic empires

Imperialism in cartoons, caricature, and satirical art

Edited by Richard Scully and Andrekos Varnava

Comic empires


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6367-7
  • Pages: 456
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £30.00
  • Published Date: March 2022
  • BIC Category: History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, Colonialism & imperialism, HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons, HISTORY / General, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Comic Book & Cartoon Art, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Modern History, Art History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Comic empires is a unique collection of new research exploring the relationship between imperialism and political cartoons, caricature, and satirical art. Edited by leading scholars across both fields (and with contributions from contexts as diverse as Egypt, Australia, the United States, and China, as well as Europe) the volume provides new perspectives on well-known events, and illuminates little-known players in the 'great game' of empire in modern times. Some of the finest comic art of the period is deployed as evidence, and examined seriously, in its own right, for the first time. Accessible to students of history at all levels, Comic empires is a major addition to the world-leading 'Studies in Imperialism' series, as well as standing alone as an innovative and significant contribution to the ever-growing international field of comics studies.


1 Introduction: The importance of cartoons caricature and satirical art in imperial contexts, Richard Scully & Andrekos Varnava
PART ONE: High Imperialism and Colonialism
2 Courting the Colonies: Linley Sambourne, Punch, and Imperial Allegory, Robert Dingley & Richard Scully
3 'Master Jonathan" in Cuba: A Case Study in Colonial Bildungskarikatur, Albert D. Pionke & Frederick Whiting
4 'The International Siamese Twins': The Iconography of Anglo-American Inter-Imperialism, Stephen Tufnell
5 'Every Dog (No Distinction of Color) Has His Day': Thomas Nast and the Colonization of the American West, Fiona Halloran
PART TWO: The Critique of Empire and the Context of Decolonization -
6 The Making of Harmony and War, from New Year Pictures to Propaganda Cartoons during China's Second Sino-Japanese War, Shaoqian Zhang
7 David Low and India, David Lockwood
8 Between imagined and 'real': Sarikhan's al-Masri Effendi: cartoons in the first half of the 1930s, Keren Zdafee
9 The Iconography of Decolonization in the Cartoons of the Suez Crisis, 1956, Stefanie Wichhart
10 Punch and the Cyprus Emergency, 1955-9, Andrekos Varnava & Casey Raeside
PART THREE: Ambiguities of Empire -
11 Outrage and Imperialism, Confusion and Indifference: Punch and the Armenian Massacres of 1894-6, Leslie Rogne Schumacher
12 Ambiguities in the fight waged by the socialist satirical review Der Wahre Jacob against militarism and imperialism, Jean-Claude Gardes
13 The 'Confounded Socialists' and the 'Commonwealth Co-operative Society': Cartoons and British Imperialism during the Attlee Labour Government, Charlotte Riley
14 Australian cartoonists at the end of Empire: no more 'Australia for the White Man', David Olds & Robert Phiddian


Richard Scully is Associate Professor in Modern History at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia

Andrekos Varnava is Professor in Imperial and Military History at the Flinders University of South Australia and Honorary Professor at De Montfort University, Leicester

Comic empires

Edited by Richard Scully, Andrekos Varnava

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