The image of the USA and Great Britain in the political cartoon magazine "Perets" in the first years of the Cold War


  • Andrii Yakovliev Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University, Ukraine



image of the enemy, USA, Great Britain, "Perets" magazine, satire


The study deals with one of the most important episodes of the history of the twentieth century - the beginning of the Cold War. The focus is on the peculiarities of the formation of the image of the external enemy for the USSR on the pages of periodical media, namely, the political cartoon magazine "Perets". It is revealed that the main ideological adversaries of the Soviet apparatus of propaganda were the United States and Great Britain, the countries that formed the basis of the anti-Hitler coalition. Due to the analysis of materials of the publication - political cartoons, short stories, satirical poems - the characteristic features of the image of these two states are revealed. It is proved that the images of the opposing countries were filed by the magazine "Perets'" in the form of three categories. The first block is the image of the American and English leaders (in this case G. Truman, V. Churchill), which began to appear massively in the journal in connection with the Fulton speech of Churchill and the implementation of the "Marshall Plan". The emphasis is placed on political cartoonists' tendency to compare the leaders of the United States and Great Britain with the leaders of Nazi Germany. The second unit features personalized images of the United States and the Britain (Uncle Sam, John Bull, British Lion, etc.). A characteristic feature of this group is the demonstration of the domination of American symbols over the British, which was to show the Soviet reader an American-dependent position of the United Kingdom and other Western European countries. The last block of images combines works that demonstrate the relations between "capitalist" countries. In order to create the desired effect on the reader, the Soviet propaganda machine emphasized the emergence of territorial or economic disputes between the United States and Britain, presenting this as a stage of aggravation of relations between "imperialist countries." All of these features in the images of external enemies were aimed at elevating patriotic sentiment among the Soviet society and confidence in the actions of the ruling Communist Party.

Author Biography

Andrii Yakovliev, Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University

post-graduate student of the Department of History of Ukraine


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How to Cite

Yakovliev, A. (2017). The image of the USA and Great Britain in the political cartoon magazine "Perets" in the first years of the Cold War. Skhid, (5(151).