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Picturing Politics: the Mexican Revolution

In the eighth post in the Picturing Politics series Dr Adam Morton examines a political poster from 1930s Mexico, which was intended to emphasis the class unity of the Mexican Revolution. Dr Morton argues that the poster in fact reveals a lot about the paradoxes of post-revolutionary Mexico and the rise of the capitalist state.

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Picturing Politics is a series of audio and video clips featuring academics commenting on the political significance of a diverse range of images. The series is intended to offer an invaluable insight into the many ways in which politics has been imagined – quite literally – throughout history, and also the ways in which images have been used to shape and influence our understanding of politics.

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  1. If you are in Shanghai at some stage, you might like to have a look at the Propaganda Poster Art Centre.

    It exhibits a wonderful collections of Chinese agitprop posters. They are arranged according to publication date, so you can see the development of style over time. You also get an excellent view of the emergence of the cult of Mao, as more and more posters feature Mao.

    In a separate room are a collection of ‘big character’ posters – hand written posters denouncing people during the Cultural Revolution. Powerful stuff.

  2. hey how are you hope you have a good day. I just wanted some chicken nuggets but you give any chicken nuggets so i hate you!

  3. Victor Madsen Victor Madsen

    Is there anyway you can buy a poster of this one somewhere online?

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