Welcome to Cartooning the Road to War

Cartooning the Road to War brings together a selection of the pre-1914 newspaper cartoons of Joseph Morewood Staniforth (‘JMS’) which originally appeared in the British Sunday paper the News of the World, the Cardiff daily paper the Western Mail, and the Cardiff evening paper the Evening Express. At the moment there are over 1000 cartoons on the site, many of which document the cartoonist’s response to the evolving international and diplomatic situation that resulted in the outbreak of hostilities in the summer of 1914. Others reflect the wide variety of topics on which the cartoonist drew, covering domestic politics, the rise of the Labour movement, industrial relations, Ireland and so on. There is also a small selection of his colour picture postcards. There is an open invitation to users to comment on the images and their possible meanings. Incremental additions to the website are envisaged in the future: if there are particular topics you would like to see added please get in touch.

Cartooning the Road to War is part of the Cartooning the First World War project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and based at Cardiff University, where it is led by Professor Chris Williams, Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.