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Using political cartoons as evidence

How revealing is a political cartoon of imperialist attitudes before World War 1?

Helen Snelson

European Imperialism in China

Source analysis is a key skill of the historian. Political cartoons offer rich material for students of World War 1. By setting a source in context in this activity, students can infer about imperialism in the years before 1914. This activity enables students to formulate their own questions about a source and to research its context in order to use it as evidence. This activity can be done online or in the classroom with pre-downloaded material.