Cold War: The Russian Civil War Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
5a Who are the three figures in the cartoon?
5b Explain which key figures in the Russian Civil War are represented by the three dogs.

Analysis and Interpretation
5c Explain what the cartoonist is trying to say about the leaders of the White armies in the Civil War. Refer to details in the cartoon and your own knowledge.
5d Why do you think the USA is the largest of the three figures in the cartoon?
5e What is the cartoonist trying to say by including the leads to the necks of the dogs?
5f This cartoon is a Communist interpretation of the actions of the actions of British government and its allies. Would you say it was:
  • an accurate interpretation supported by the other evidence available
  • an inaccurate interpretation totally unsupported by any evidence
  • supported to some extent by the evidence but a distorted interpretation because it is a piece of propaganda.


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A Bolshevik cartoon published in 1919. The dogs are labelled (from left to right) Yudenich, Kolchak, Denikin. These were the commanders of the three main White armies (David King Collection)

A Bolshevik cartoon published in 1919. The dogs are labelled (from left to right) Yudenich, Kolchak, Denikin. These were the commanders of the three main White armies