China imperialism cartoon



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Description Original caption: “En Chine
Le gâteau des Rois et... des Empereurs”
English: "China -- the cake of kings... and emperors" (a French pun on king cake and kings and emperors wishing to "consume" China). French political cartoon from 1898. A pastry represents "Chine" (French for China) and is being divided between caricatures of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, William II of Germany (who is squabbling with Queen Victoria over a borderland piece, whilst thrusting a knife into the pie to signify aggressive German intentions), Nicholas II of Russia, who is eyeing a particular piece, the French Marianne (who is diplomatically shown as not participating in the carving, and is depicted as close to Nicholas II, as a reminder of the Franco-Russian Alliance), and the Meiji Emperor of Japan, carefully contemplating which pieces to take. A stereotypical Qing official throws up his hands to try and stop them, but is powerless. It is meant to be a figurative representation of the Imperialist tendencies of these nations towards China during the decade.
Deutsch: Französische politische Karikatur aus den späten 1890er Jahren. Ein Kuchen steht für "Chine" (französisch für China) und wird zwischen Karikaturen von Königin Viktoria des Vereinigten Königreichs, dem deutschen Kaiser Wilhelm dem II., Nikolaus II. von Russland, der französischen Marianne und dem Kaiser Meiji von Japan aufgeteilt. Ein stereotypisch dargesteller Beamter der Qing-Dynastie versucht sie aufzuhalten, ist aber machtlos. Die Karikatur soll die imperialistischen Bestrebungen dieser Nationen gegenüber China zu dieser Zeit darstellen.
Français : Caricature politique française de la fin des années 1890. Une tarte représentant la Chine est partagée par Victoria du Royaume-Uni, Guillaume II d'Allemagne, Nicolas II de Russie, la Marianne française et l’Empereur Meiji du Japon. Un mandarin chinois caricatural, représentant la Dynastie Qing, figure en arrière-plan. Guillaume II dispute un morceau à la Reine Victoria, son couteau planté dans la tarte évoquant les intentions belliqueuses de l’Allemagne. Nicolas II de Russie semble s'intéresser à l'une des parts du gâteau. La Marianne, qui ne participe pas activement au partage, se tient aux côtés de Nicolas II, ce qui évoque l'alliance Franco-Russe de l'époque (soulignée par le fait que ce sont les deux seuls personnages non caricaturés). L’empereur du Japon réfléchit à quelle part prendre. Le mandarin lève les bras au ciel pour s'opposer au partage, mais semble impuissant. Cette caricature illustre de manière symbolique les tendances impérialistes des grandes puissances occidentales et du Japon à l'égard de la Chine, durant cette période de l'histoire.
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Date 16 January 1898(1898-01-16)
Source An illustration from supplement to "Le Petit Journal", 16th January 1898. This reproduction from Bibliothèque nationale de France
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