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The Cartoon Century
Author: Timothy S. Benson

ISBN: 9781905211609
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7 May 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 21.0 x 2.8
Description:
Cartoons have the astonishing power to encapsulate a historical moment or popular mood, and this magnificent new survey tells the story of modern Britain through hundreds of the finest examples.

Year by year, from the death of Queen Victoria to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it shows the views taken by the nation's leading cartoonists of the issues and personalities that dominated the news u some of worldwide significance (the outbreak of the Second World War, for example), some of major social and political importance (the rise of the Suffragettes), some reflecting more parochial obsessions (football, bad traffic and the curse of the mobile phone).

Occasionally they show a nation united, but more often they reveal where battlelines have been drawn, whether they're cartoons supporting or attacking appeasement, trade unions, the EU or contraception, or seeking to praise or bury Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair or the royal family.

A number of the cartoons shown here have achieved iconic status, such as David Low's savage attacks on Hitler and Steve Bell's portrayal of John Major with his pants over...

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