Europe as seen through the eyes of cartoonists depicting in satire the international events happening at the time. A great representation about what each country thought about its neighbors, given their geopolitical situation. The situation changed and evolved over time. While some empire rose, others fell, exchanging power from one hand to the next.
What hadn’t changed however were the amusing caricatures artists of the time put in these maps of Europe. They were basically making fun of European leaders, in such a way not many would get right away. This is what gave these maps of Europe so much charm and were loved by both people of that time as well as those of today.
They can be considered by many to be true works of art since they combine both skilled drawing, as well as a flare for the satirical, not to mention the intricate political knowledge of the time. Due to the political unrest which was happening at the turn of the 20th century, it is no surprise how many of these maps of Europe are out there; from different times and different perspectives.
Europe at the turn of the 19th century