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Serio-Comic Maps of International Tensions

Any serious study into the Edwardian era will unearth a stunning array of double-dealing, back-biting, secret treaties, war-mongering, and imperialistic dreams between European, American, and Asian nations, which resulted in tension so thick, you could cut with it a rattling saber. I plan to discuss more of what GD Falksen so cleverly called “the steampunk cold war” (which it is, in the context of both steampunk and real life history), but for now, I leave you with a few tragically funny maps drawn by political satirists of the day. Click on the maps for a closer look.

serio-comic map of europe, 1877
Serio-comic Map of Europe, 1877

Angling in Troubled Waters
Angling in Troubled Waters, 1899
A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia
A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia, 1904
Chinese view of the world
Chinese view of the world, 1912

Map 1 from here, Map 2 from here, Map 3 from here, Map 4 from here.

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