Cartoon maps portraying impending inter-imperialist apocalypse

MP Pavlovich [ML Veltman]
People’s Commissariat of

Comrade Pavlovich,1

I have arranged for publication of a school atlas (in Petrograd).2 It would be extremely important to include maps of imperialism. Would you not undertake this?

For example:

  1. Colonial possessions 1876-1914-1921, adding or specially shading off semi-colonial countries (Turkey, Persia, China, and so forth).
  2. Brief statistics of colonies and semi-colonies.
  3. Map of financial dependencies. For example, for each country ± with a figure (millions or milliards of francs) of how much this country owes, and how much it is owed;
    Also comparatively for 1876-1914-1921, if 1876 be taken as the culminating point of pre-monopoly capitalism.
  4. Railways of the world, with a note, in each country, showing to whom most of them belong (British, French, North America, etc.).
    Will this prove too much of a mixture? Convenient forms can be found, with what matters, what predominates noted very briefly.
  5. The main sources of those raw materials over which there is a struggle (oil, ores, etc.) — also with notes (% or millions of francs belong to such-and-such a country).
    We must without fail include maps of this kind in the textbooks, of course with a brief explanatory text.
    A statistical assistant can be given you for the auxiliary work.

Please reply whether you undertake this, how and when.

With communist greetings,

Vladimir Ulianov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of
People’s Commissars


1 Pavlovich, M. P. (Veltman, M. L.) (1871-1929) — Social-Democrat, Menshevik. He became a Communist after 1917, and from 1921 was a member of the Collegium of the Commissariat for Affairs of Nationalities.
2 Reference is to the preparations for the publication of the Vsemirny geografichesky atlas (Geographical Atlas of the World), launched on Lenin’s initiative. The project was not realized.

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4 thoughts on “Cartoon maps portraying impending inter-imperialist apocalypse

  1. Great post! This year I visited the Imperial War Museum in London on the anniversary of the Somme. I didn’t expect much to be made of imperialist rivalry as a driver of the conflict. But I also didn’t expect the curators to provide, without any reference to the above menageries, a table size animation of dueling bears, lions, and eagles in the run-up to August 1914. If I was five years old, I would have been delighted, looking forward to studying history by going to the zoo.

  2. I love those caricatural maps. Thanks a lot for that!

    As to Lenin’s suggestion, you can find a map “Overview of the colonies of European states”, taken from the German “Brockhaus” encyclopedia, 14th edtiion of 1890, reproduced on Wikipedia here:

    I try to include a 294×240 pixel version of it here in the comment:
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    I used it to show the world view which generated the Zionist colonial adventure.

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