Teacher guide Yellow promise, yellow peril: foreign postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05

TLF ID M006705

This is a collection of online materials showing how picture postcards of the time presented the Russo-Japanese War and the Japanese combatants to the European public. The materials consist of: an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; seven sets of postcards; a database of information about all 1905 postcards contained in the collection; and five sets of lesson suggestions. Teachers are advised to preview the images in this collection, as some may be disturbing.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This collection of materials, rich in primary and secondary sources, is valuable for modern history in years 11 and 12, particularly for the rise of modern Japan to 1905, and for history in year 9, particularly for the elective depth study of Asia and the world.
  • The twin highlights of this collection are the illustrated essay, and the sets of postcards presented as visual narratives. Both of these are available as separate resources complete with detailed descriptions of their educational value. In general, the essay offers an example of historical analysis of visual sources, and the visual narratives are particularly useful for developing student understanding of the historical concepts of perspective and significance.
  • The lesson suggestions (see Curriculum in the dropdown menu under 'Yellow promise/Yellow peril') focus on the historical values of the picture postcards in this and another collection, and their interpretation from a visual literacy viewpoint. The suggestions are suitable for mid- to senior secondary students. Each suggestion is accompanied by handouts or PowerPoint templates and there is a teachers' overview.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

Other details

  • Author
  • Person: John W. Dower
  • Description: Author
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Person: John W. Dower
  • Description: Author
  • Publisher
  • Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
  • URL: http://web.mit.edu/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2008 Visualizing Cultures. Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0.