Ref NoDL1547
Alt Ref NoDL1547
Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionRussian lake
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date26 Oct 1939
Size38 x 54.2cm
Techniqueblack ink/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptPeter the Great
Person DepictedStalin; Joseph (1879-1953)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
NotesRepublished in David Low, Years of Wrath: A Cartoon History 1932-1945, (Victor Gollancz, Ltd, 1986). Printed under cartoon: "The Nazi-Soviet pact had recognised Soviet interests in the Baltic States and Moscow promptly demanded and secured military, naval and air bases in the ports of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. These ex-Russian provinces, lost in the first world war and subsequently confirmed in their independence by the Powers at Versailles as a 'cordon sanitaire' against Bolshevism, were thus virtually regained with Germany's grudging consent. Cynical critics saw in this the return of Communist Moscow to the classical policy of Peter the Great and Imperial Russia". p.92.

Republished in David Low, Europe at War, (Penguin Books, 1941). Printed on opposite page: "Nazi-soviet collaboration showed further results when Stalin put the Baltic States - Esthonia , Latvia and Lithuania - on the spot by demanding military, naval and air bases for the U.S.S.R. in their ports. These small neighbours of the Soviet, independent since they had broken loose from Russia at the Tsarist collapse, reluctantly agreed, were licked up, and swallowed. With Germany's tacit consent, Stalin thus strengthened his strategic position in the Baltic against risks which could only be German risks. Critics noted the return of Moscow to the classical policy of the Russian Empire ... but ... "Stalin's policy is not to be confused with that of Peter the Great, who was concerned only with selfish Russian interests," said Moscow. Sez you!" p.20
SubjectsHammer and Sickle
Third Reich 1933-45
Baltic Sea
International relations
foreign policy
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
Relates to cartoonDL1547

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GB/BCA/273Stalin; Joseph (1879-1953)1879-1953   
GB/BCA/394Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)1889-1945Born in Austria. Politician and leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party). He served as German chancellor from 1933-1945 and head of state (Fuhrer) from 1934-1945. He established a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideals of national socialism. He gained support for his views on German nationalism, anti-Semitism, anti-capitalism and anti-communism through his impassioned speeches and propaganda. He wanted to establish a New Order of absolute rule in Europe and pursued a policy of seizing land by force for the Aryan people.  
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