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Wichhart, Stefanie: "Propaganda and Protest. Political Cartoons in Iraq during the Second World War." In: Richard Scully und Marian Quartly (Hrsg.): Drawing the Line. Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence. Clayton: Monash Univ. ePress, 2009.
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Keywords: Geschichtswissenschaft, Großbritannien, Irak, Karikatur, Krieg, Politik, Propaganda, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Quartly, Scully, Wichhart
Publisher: Monash Univ. ePress (Clayton)
Collection: Drawing the Line. Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence
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This chapter examines the propaganda cartoon as utilised by both the British and Iraqis in the midst of the 1941 Rashid Ali coup and subsequent British occupation of Iraq. British cartoons placed in print media, such as those drawn by the cartoonist ‘Kem’ for publication on the Arabic page of the Iraq Times, were a useful means of transmitting Allied war aims to local populations and provide a strong visual record of how Britain tried to tailor its message to Arab audiences. At the same time, cartoons protesting British intervention circulated around Baghdad, as exemplified by a May 1941 pamphlet entitled ‘The Iraqi-British War’ which included ten cartoons aimed at turning Iraqi public opinion against the Allied cause. The British and Iraqi cartoons had the same target audience and employed some of the same stereotypes but conveyed very different messages with these images. By examining cartoons used to argue opposing sides in the propaganda battle for Iraq during the Second World War, this paper demonstrates how visual images can be manipulated to serve as both propaganda and protest in wartime.