Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Caricatures of Bismarck

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Series:

Kosmos-Wandbilder

Timeframe:

Langes 19. Jahrhundert

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

unknown

Publisher:

Der neue Schulmann /Franck´sche Verlagshandlung (Kosmos, Gesellschaft der Naturfreunde) / Perthes; Stuttgart

Year of publication:

1973

Themes:

European history    Portrait   

The picture shows four cartoons of Bismarck: Drawn with an oversized spike of a helmet Bismarck is depicted as militarist for whom the constitution means nothing than an impedimental peace of paper. 2. The Prussian helmet, the spiked helmet, symbolizes the power and politics of Bismarck who’s pulling his helmet over the German Kleinstaaterei. 3. Bismarck depicted as pointsman, on who depends if the two trains “Britannia” and “Russia” will collide or not. 4. “Dropping the Pilot”; 75 years old Bismarck is fired by young 31 years-old William II.