A humorous diplomatic atlas of Europe and Asia


A humorous diplomatic atlas of Europe and Asia

Item Information

Title:
A humorous diplomatic atlas of Europe and Asia
Description:
Created during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) by a student at Keio University, this propaganda map presents a negative image of the Russian Empire. It is depicted as an over reaching “black octopus” extending its tentacles throughout Europe and Asia, with the other countries represented as human figures. Some countries like China thwart the attack, while others, including Persia and Tibet, are firmly in its grasp. Labeled in both Japanese and English, the map is definitely pro-Japanese. The author portrays Japan as a battle-ready soldier facing the octopus with a gun in one hand and a flag in the other.
Creator:
Ohara, Kisaburō.
Date:
[1904]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905--Maps
Caricature
Territorial expansion--Russia
Eurasia--Maps
Places:
Eurasia (area)
Russia
Publisher:
S.l : s.n.
Notes:
Exhibited: "Unconventional Maps: Exploring the Stories of Cartographic Curiosities" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2011-2012.
Russia is represented as the "black octopus," stretching out in various directions after its prey.
Legend and explanatory text in Japanese and English.
Extent:
1 map ; 33 x 54 cm.
Scale:
Scale not given.
Language:
English
Japanese
Identifier:
06_01_006602
Call #:
G5690 1904 .O33
Barcode:
39999059027043
Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
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