The grandeur of the great imperial powers of the nineteenth century - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary and even the burgeoning United States, was constantly subverted by the cartoonists of the day. As Roy Douglas reveals, cartoons are often more accurate guides to popular feelings than the newspapers in which they appeared. In this, his third look at history through the eyes of the cartoonist, Roy Douglas provides a clear historical narrative which explains the subtle meaning below the surface of the cartoons. Taken from the period leading to the First World War, these cartoons are as fresh - and often as shocking - as the day they were drawn.

chapter 1|17 pages

Mid–century, 1848—56

chapter 2|11 pages

Italy, 1859—61

chapter 3|8 pages

American interlude, 1861—7

chapter 4|14 pages

The German question, 1864—71

chapter 5|12 pages

Eastern questions, 1871—8

chapter 6|19 pages

Imperial problems

chapter 7|9 pages

After the Congress, 1878—86

chapter 8|11 pages

Internal difficulties

chapter 9|10 pages

The Dual Alliance

chapter 10|12 pages

The sick man, 1894—1900

chapter 11|13 pages

Other sick men

chapter 12|14 pages

Ex Africa semper . . .

chapter 13|8 pages

Entente cordiale, 1898—1905

chapter 14|13 pages

Russia, 1904—7

chapter 15|11 pages

Morocco and after, 1905—11

chapter 16|15 pages

The Ottoman succession, 1878—1913

chapter 17|17 pages

Confused signals

chapter 18|7 pages

The Gadarene rush, June—August 1914