This chapter introduces Krokodil to the general reader and places it in the context of the histories of the USSR, the Thaw, and graphic satire. It lays out the aims of the book, namely: to extend and nuance our understanding of Soviet graphic satire and challenge the "propaganda paradigm" by re-evaluating Krokodil's place in Soviet visual culture, investigating the graphic construction of ideology in the USSR, and to propose a new interpretation of the journal. The Introduction also draws out the significance of graphic satire by reference to postmodernism and continuing interest in the art of Soviet cartoonists and to the ways cartoon art influences contemporary politics. This chapter also provides clarification on key terms and referencing conventions.
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