Publication Date: Jun 2009
RRP: $49.95
ISBN: 9780980464849
Format: Paperback
Size: 165mm by 245mm
Pages: 272
Category: Art, Monash University Authors, Politics

Drawing the Line

Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence

Edited by Richard Scully and Marian Quartly

Open Access

Drawing the Line: Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence brings together essays from international scholars working with cartoons in their research and teaching. It is a showcase for some of the best recent scholarship in this field, with articles exploring racial and ethnic stereotypes, as well as representations of youth, gender and class across a number of key historical epochs.

Cartoons are among the most vivid and familiar images of past politics and opinion, but tend to be used merely as ‘illustrations’ for historical works. Drawing the Line, however, provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of cartoons as sources in their own right. The British Regency Crisis, post-Civil War US politics, Anglo-Iraqi interaction in the Second World War, and Yugoslav Communist propaganda are just some of the themes through which the effective use of cartoons in historical writing is explored.

Readers will also find guidance and suggestions for further research on cartoons in the extensive introductory and concluding sections.

The book includes more than one hundred examples of the most brilliant cartoon art of the past, from eighteenth-century satirical prints, to the formalised satire of Punch, to the new and ever-evolving medium of webcomics. It will be an essential resource for students and teachers wanting to explore visual representations of the past, and will appeal to all readers interested in innovative ways of writing history.


  • Jamie Agland (Monash University)
  • Jay Casey (University of Arkansas, Fort Smith)
  • Ivana Dobrivojevic (Institute for Contemporary History, Belgrade)
  • Nick Dyrenfurth (University of Sydney)
  • Fiona Halloran (University of Eastern Kentucky)
  • Marianne Hicks (Monash South Africa, Johannesburg)
  • Lim Cheng Tju (Ministry of Education, Singapore)
  • Marian Quartly (Monash University)
  • Richard Scully (University of New England)
  • Simon Sleight (Monash University)
  • Stefanie Wichart (Niagara University)

Richard Scully

Richard Scully has been active in the writing and teaching of history at tertiary level since 2004, when he commenced at Monash University as a PhD candidate and sessional tutor. His research interests centre on representations of Germany and the Germans...
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Marian Quartly

Marian Quartly holds the position of Professor Emerita at the Monash School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. Her research is well-regarded in the fields of Australian family history and gender relations. Her long-term research concern is the history of...
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