Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Communist Maps

A chess set that Stalin gave to Ismet Inonu featuring bound workers against liberated communist women. It is now on display at the Inonu Foundation Museum in Ankara

The Manichean clash between capitalism and communism proved quite conducive to making propaganda maps and novelty chess sets (see above). The Turkish press illustrated the struggle with maps like these, using bright colors to show changes in the global balance of power or developments in particular regions (these appeared in Ulus during the mid 1950s). In the bottom map, China appears as a light pink to the Soviet Union's darker red as it tries to spread Communist influence throughout southeast asia.