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1 This Russian cartoon comes from c.1947.

2 What is the message of this cartoon?

3 To do this question, you need first to borrow two concepts from English: Denotation (what you see) Connotation (how it affects its audience) This Russian cartoon comes from c.1947.

4 ‘Uncle Sam’ running with a gun. ‘Uncle Sam’ represents America. Denotation Connotation Meaning On 12 March 1947, Truman promised to support the Greek government against Communism with military and humanitarian aid. This Russian cartoon comes from c.1947.

5 He carries a gun marked with an American dollar sign. The dollar also has negative overtones - ‘the almighty dollar’ - of aggressive capitalism. Denotation Connotation Meaning By far the largest proportion of American aid to Greece was spent on weapons. This Russian cartoon comes from c.1947.

6 Fleeing communists, who are wearing traditional Greek costume. The artist is claiming that it is the COMMUNISTS who truly represent ‘the Greek people’. Denotation Connotation Meaning American dollar imperialism was driving out by force the (communist) government which the Greek people wanted. This Russian cartoon comes from c.1947.

7 Finally, always remember to look at: Origin (who drew it) Date (when it was published) This Russian cartoon comes from c.1947.

8 (Probably) 1947 After the announcement of the ‘Truman Doctrine’. Date Details Significance This cartoon shows the Soviet reaction to the American decision to support Greece.

9 This Russian cartoon comes from c.1947. A Russian cartoon. It would certainly have been reflecting Stalin’s view of the Truman Doctrine. Origin Details Significance This cartoon is a hostile, biased Soviet interpretation of the Truman Doctrine.


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