Military History Through Cartoons

Military History Through Cartoons

Military History Through Cartoons

Political cartoons, by design, convey important ideas in succinct and memorable ways.  That makes them very useful for teaching and learning about history.  Often, however, a cartoonist assumes the audience will recognize images of relevant leaders, symbols of parties, etc., that were well known at the time of creation.  Modern audiences may need allusions, representations, and background information explained.  Our “hotspot” method enables viewers to get the additional information they need to be able to understand and benefit from what cartoons have to tell us about the wars of the past and contemporary attitudes towards them.

The aim of this project will be to create an open-access digital book of cartoons with introductory texts and hotspots that enable viewers to zoom in and read specific descriptions of the various elements of the image.  We plan to involve cadets in the research and writing that will support each cartoon widget.

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While many examples of these kinds of projects already exist in the West Point History of Warfare, work is expected to continue developing the textbook-specific examples throughout Academic Year 2023.