Cold War: The Zinoviev Letter Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
4a The figure in the cartoon is Zinoviev. Write your own description of Zinoviev as he appears in this cartoon. Mention items like clothing, hair, etc.

Analysis and Interpretation
4b What does the cartoonist's caption mean?
4c Is this cartoonist a supporter or opponent of Zinoviev? Explain how you can tell from the way Zinoviev is drawn?
4d Look at the board which says 'Vote for MacDonald and Me?' What is the cartoonist trying to say about the relationship between MacDonald and Zinoviev?
4e What evidence is there in Case Study 2 to support or contradict the view of the cartoonist?

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A cartoon from Punch Magazine, October 29th 1924, commenting on the Zinoviev letter (Punch Archive)

A cartoon from Punch Magazine, October 29th 1924, commenting on the Zinoviev letter.