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The "enfant ter[ri]ble" of Europe

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Several European rulers stand next to signposts labeled "France, Turkey, England, Germany, Italy, Austria, [and] Russia" lining the sides of a dirt road, with "Servia" and "Roumania" in the background. The rulers are all keeping an eye on William II, the German Emperor, as he walks down the road between them.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Kings and rulers; Fear; Signs and signboards; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Abdulhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918; Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894; Carnot, Sadi, 1837-1894

Date: 1893-10-18

The peace of Europe is assured

Description:

Alexander III, labeled "Russia," looks sternly at William II, labeled "Germany," who returns the glare, as they walk along a pathway away from a statue of "Peace," a female figure with wings, looking doubtful. Alexander III is accompanied by a diminutive Sadi Carnot labeled "France" who is shaking his fist across the pathway at a diminutive Umberto I, labeled "Italy," who in turn shakes his fist, and a diminutive Franz Joseph I, labeled "Austria," who accompany William II.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Peace; International relations; Kings and rulers; Gesture; Europe; Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Carnot, Sadi, 1837-1894

Date: 1893-11-08

Chained!!

Description:

The Roman god "Mars" is shown bound to rocks, imprisoned with shackles and clamps labeled "Russo-German Commercial Treaty," fastened with spikes driven by Nicholas II of Russia and William II of Germany using large sledgehammers labeled "Ratification." In the background, a female figure labeled "Peace" reclines in a hammock that hangs between the standards of each nation. Caption: Peace in Europe is safe for ten years more, anyhow!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Mars (Roman deity); Peace; Treaties; Commerce; International relations; Prisoners; Hammers; Germany; Russia; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894

Date: 1894-04-04

Puck's suggestion for the German Kaiser's benefit

Description:

William II, the German Emperor, wearing a crown and a regal robe with a ribbon that states "Sons of Cold Water," sits at a table with other military figures. Count Leo von Caprivi pours a glass of "Ice Water" for William to drink. The others are drinking wine or champagne. Caption: His actions are praiseworthy, but his speeches at banquets indicate his great need of a strict adherence to cold water when he dines out.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Wine; Water; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Caprivi, Leo, Graf von, 1831-1899

Date: 1894-10-03

A puzzled kaiser

Description:

William II, the German Emperor, wearing a robe and a large sword, and holding a crown and a scepter, looks puzzled over why these symbols of authority no longer command the respect he thinks they deserve. Caption: Medieval Wilhelm--'T is passing strange! - here are all the attributes of me kingly power; - me crown, me sceptre, and me royal robe - but the people won't revere them as of yore. By my halidome! - is Divine Right played out?

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Divine right of kings; Respect; Crowns; Scepters; Robes; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941

Date: 1895-06-05

"See, the conquering hero comes!"

Description:

German Emperor William II, wearing a large robe and carrying a large sword, walks arm in arm with a tall female figure labeled "Germania." Behind him, the robe is carried by "Italy," "Austria," and others. Standing on a balcony, looking down, is Otto von Bismarck. In the lower right foreground, a female figure labeled "France" walks arm in arm with "Russia" who leads her away from the pageantry. She holds a treaty tightly in her right hand, as she casts a stern glance back over her shoulder at William II. At the head of the procession are three men blowing horns labeled "Press." Caption: The proudest moment in Willy Hohenzollern's life - He celebrates the 25th anniversary of the glorious victory of Sedan.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871); Sedan Campaign (1870); Anniversaries; Parades; Marianne (French emblem); International relations--Foreign countries; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898

Date: 1895-09-04

Freedom's latest convert

Description:

German Emperor William II, with wings made from swords and handguns, and holding a sword labeled "Absolutism," stands on a cliff with other "Pillars of My Throne" identified as a soldier labeled "Military Force," a police officer labeled "Police Persecution" carrying a club labeled "Royal Crusher," an old man with a magnifying glass labeled "Legal Arbitrariness," Joseph Pulitzer wrapped in paper labeled "Subsidized Press" and "Reactionary Methods," a well-dressed man labeled "Privileged Nobility," and a teacher labeled "Drill in Subserviency." They are illuminated by a large sun labeled "Divine Right." The "vision" on the right shows a scene in "Transvaal" with a female figure wearing a Phrygian cap and holding a flag labeled "Spirit of Freedom" rising in the clouds of smoke issuing from productive factories.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Divine right of kings; Liberty; Hypocrisy; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941

Date: 1896-01-29

Forced to peddle, though he is rich

Description:

Uncle Sam is pictured as a peddler offering "Bonds Sold For Gold" on a snowy street where he encounters a diminutive figure labeled "Canada" holding a paper labeled "Sound Currency System." She points to Uncle Sam's bag of "Silver." Standing on balconies labeled "England - Sound Currency System," "France - Sound Financial System," "Austria - Sound Financial Policy," "Russia - Sound Financial Policy," and "Germany - Sound Currency System" are the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Lord Salisbury; the President of France, Felix Faure; the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I; the Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II; and the German Emperor, William II; and standing on an unmarked balcony is the King of Italy, Umberto I.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Monetary policy; Gold standard; Peddlers; Snow; Winter; Salisbury, Robert Cecil, Marquess of, 1830-1903; Faure, Félix, 1841-1899; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941

Date: 1896-02-05

"The Kaisesr's coat"

Description:

William II, the German Emperor, sits on horseback before an effigy mounted on a pole with a "Notice" that states, "All civilians must bow before those who wear the Kaiser's coat." A group of officers are gathered around him and a long line of citizens are bowing before them.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Worship; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941

Date: 1896-12-16

The European "concert"

Description:

A crazed man representing the Czar of "Russia" sits on a throne, manipulating marionettes that represent "France" (Felix Faure), "Austria" (Franz Joseph I), "Italy" (Umberto I), "Germany" (William II), and "England" (John Bull) playing musical instruments.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: John Bull (Symbolic character); Puppets; Puppet theater; Concerts; Kings and rulers; Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, 1830-1916; Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900; William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941; Faure, Félix, 1841-1899

Date: 1897-05-05

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