Abusing Power: Satirical Journals from the Special Collections Library

Simplicissimus Wilhelm Schultz, “Dreibundgeschichten” (History of the Triple Alliance), Simplicissimus June 25, 1906
The Munich weekly Simplicissimus (1896-1967) is one of the longest running and best-known German satirical magazines. In Wilhelm Schultz’s cover illustration, the Triple Alliance, which united Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy, is represented as a drama of national symbols. The Prussian “vulture” hoists a personification of Italy into the air, while “Gallia” (France) runs after her former ally as the Austrian double-headed eagle looks on. The caption reads: “Happy was the little Italian in the bosom of his mother Gallia. Then came the Prussian vulture and carried him off, violently protesting, in the air.”


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