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Ye Qianyu
“The New Lines of Battle?”

January 1934 [ms01_018_ModernSketch]

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Huang Wennong
Riders in the Balloon = Quarrelsome Lovers
Airplane Pilot = Espionage Activity
Kite Flier = Welcoming the Breeze


April 1934 [ms04_001_ModernSketch]

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Lu Zhixiang
“Crusading for Sham Ideologies: Fascism and Liberalism”

August 1934 [ms08_015_ModernSketch]

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Zhang Leping
“The Military-Industrialists Are Back in Luck and on the Move!”

October 1934 [ms10_000_ModernSketch]

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Sheng Gongmu (Te Wei)
“The Borderlands”

February 1935 [ms14_042_ModernSketch]

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Jiang Mi
“Bring on Another One!”

September 1935 [ms21_041_ModernSketch]

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Cai Ruohong
“The Last Traitor”

October 1935 [ms22_014_ModernSketch]

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Feng Teng
“Not Until Doomsday Will Humankind Achieve True Peace”

October 1935 [ms22_042_ModernSketch]

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“Compassion for the World”
[The Pope:] The Lord Shall Provide

November 1935 [ms23_022_ModernSketch]

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Ji Yehou
“The Struggle for the Crown of the Ocean
(X-Ray View of the Navel Conference)”

January 1936 [ms25_034_ModernSketch]

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“Lineup of the World’s Dictators:
Saint Fascista and His Disciples”

June 1936 [ms27_009_ModernSketch]

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Zhang Wenyuan
“Black, White, and Red”

August 1936 [ms29_025_ModernSketch]

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Lu Shaofei
“Goose-Egg Chic”

August 1936 [ms29_047_ModernSketch]

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Weng Xingqing
“A World of Lines”

December 1936 [ms33_047_ModernSketch]

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6. The New World Dis-Order

The print-run of Modern Sketch from 1934 to 1937 placed it squarely athwart a dangerous age of global uncertainty. These were years when fascism squared off with communism, and liberal nations sparred weakly against expansionist powers like Germany, Italy, and Japan. Many Chinese saw themselves threatened on all sides by imperialist aggressors, most urgently Japan, which by 1936 virtually controlled all of north China. Dramatic international events, like the League of Nations’ abandonment of King Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia to the invading Italian fascists were, for China, the writing on the wall. Even China’s “goose egg” showing of zero medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics seemed to bode ill in a world where might trumped right at every turn.
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