Europe in the Future
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- Das Europa der Zukunft [Europe in the Future] wie es die Alliierten durchsetzen müssen, um den ewigen Frieden in Europa zu sichern [as the Allies must impose it to secure "eternal peace" in Europe
- Europe in the Future
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Magda, M.
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- 1900 - 1919
- World War I
Politics & Government
- 32 x 35 on sheet 39 x 54 (centimeters, height x width)
- In late 1917, as the war in Europe ground on, the Berlin bookseller Max Pasch published a remarkable 8-page booklet warning Germans what would happen “If They [the Allies] Won.” The publication is centered around two double-page color maps entitled “Europe in the Future [if the allies won]” (ID # 2161.01) and “Europe [as it stands] Today” (ID #2161.02), together with the author’s explanation. The following description of the maps and Pasch’s commentary is from Rod Barron:\\ “The first map [ID #2161.01] is a vision of a future Europe as set down by the Allies, in particular the French, in this German copy of a map attributed to one Professor Magda, a Parisian academic. . . . As the map makes clear, this would involve the complete dismemberment of Germany & Austria-Hungary, the disintegration of Prussia and the creation of a newly reconstituted Poland. . . . The impact of these changes on all parties is outlined in the surrounding text.”
“In the booklet's commentary Pasch passionately argues that if such arrangements should be implemented, Germany will be left in pieces, condemned to a future of internal squabbling & lacking any of the much-lauded ‘national rights’ propounded by the Allies. He raises the question of German war reparations and of her realistic ability to repay them, even over a century or more. Discussing Germany's possible dismemberment, he reflects bitterly: ‘For our country, our People, for each & every one of us, the enemy has sought to suck the very marrow from our bones, leaving us so weak that we are unable to exist any longer’ . . . .”
“The second map [ID #2161.02] offers a more optimistic outlook for Germany, an alternative vision of present-day Europe, as set down by the Central Powers & based on their perceptions of the present War situation, and the plans of the German & Austrian Armies. It is ‘a counterpart to the "Europe of the Future" as conceived the Allies’ and ‘a response & counter punch to the Allied plans of theft and annihilation’ . . . .”
“Here is England, with a quarter of her navy & more than half of her Merchant fleet, now ‘slumbering on the sea floor’ (August 1917). Belgium is now almost entirely occupied, retaining only 2.5% of her original landmass. France's northern Provinces are under German occupation & she has been defeated in her long-sought dream of controlling the left bank of the Rhine. Italy is still hoping for Imperial Austrian territories & Albania, as well as mastery of the Adriatic. Montenegro & Serbia are now both occupied. A recently re-occupied Poland now questions her status as a former Russian ‘protectorate.’ Romania is now almost 50% occupied. Russia has lost some 285,000 sq. km, much of it her industrial heartland. And Germany & Austria-Hungary now stand stronger & more united than ever before, resourceful & diligent, & able to continue the fight whilst U-Boats and enemy harvest failures threaten. German occupation, Pasch claims, has also liberated many subjugated peoples, most notably the Flemish, Poles, Bulgarian Serbs & Dobrujans.”
http://www.barronmaps.com/products/wenn-sie-siegten/, accessed June 10, 2015.
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- Pasch, Max. 1916. Wenn sie Siegten [If They Won]. Berlin: Max Pasch.
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- P.J. Mode collection of persuasive cartography, #8548. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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