Humorous map of Europe

Description

This Portuguese satirical map presents the Cold War politic situation. Published in September 1953, shortly after the Soviets announced that the USSR had a hydrogen bomb, the map shows Europe as a circus arena. Russia, portrayed as a ringmaster, forces the Soviet satellite states to entertain spectators in Western Europe and the Americas.

The circus is fenced off by the Iron Curtain which casts a shadow over the countries on its eastern side. The legend at the bottom right hand corner explains the zoomorphic characteristics of each country.

Full title:
Mapa Humoristico da Europa en 1953
Published:
1953, Lisbon, Portugal
Created:
1953
Format:
Map
Language:
Portuguese
Creator:
Star (cartoonist)
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps CC.6.a.73.

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Article by:
Tom Harper
Themes:
Popular culture, War

Objective geographical representation isn’t always the intention of maps – they can also provide social, economic or political commentary on a region, as British Library maps curator, Tom Harper discusses.