Ambiguities in the fight waged by the socialist satirical review Der Wahre Jacob against militarism and imperialism
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The German social democratic periodical Der Wahre Jacob waged a near-constant battle against the conservative establishment in the course of its five decades of existence. Opposing the Wilhelmine culture of militarism and Weltpolitik, and supportive of international labour, it nonetheless betrayed a number of ambiguous positions when it came to matters of race and gender. While Imperial Germany’s coercive and brutal tactics in colonial warfare were roundly condemned, it was the actions of the British and the French that came in for particular attention. Moreover, the very principle of colonialism and imperialism was not criticised effectively; merely the means by which the Great Powers exercised their – apparently rightful – imperial power. The chapter explores Der Wahre Jacob’s engagement with such issues between its foundation and the beginning of the First World War.

Comic empires

Imperialism in cartoons, caricature, and satirical art

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