100 Years of Latvia’s History in Cartoons

Issued: Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:11:00 BST

The University joined the Latvian Embassy's celebration of "100 Years of Latvia's History in Cartoons" last week in the St Andrew's Building gallery space.‌‌‌‌Latvian event 650

The Latvian Embassy's guests were joined by members of the Central and Eastern European Society. Professor Murray Pittock, Pro-Vice-Principal - Special Projects - welcomed Latvia's Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Katarina Platere; Ben Macpherson, the Scottish Government's Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development; and Honorary Consul David Kaye.

The project is part of Latvia’s centenary celebration culture programme and has been created in cooperation with the Latvian National Library, with the participation of Honorary Consuls of Latvia and various organizations in the UK. Its goal is to create a dialogue about the differences in what each of us perceive as the true history through historical cartoons.

The exhibition presents a selection of political cartoons from the Latvian press, covering the entire 20th century right up to the present day. This chronicle of Latvia’s history also features historical events with international resonance: World War I, the interwar period, the Great Depression, World War II, the periods of occupation and related restrictions on freedom of expression, as well as the European Union and other contemporary political-economic subjects.