The Austro-Hungarian Octopus

By Anonymous, 1915 
£500
£300

L’Impero della preda ossia la Piovra d’Absburgo.

Europe Continent of Europe
  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publication place: Milan
  • Publisher: La Zincografia
  • Publication date: c1915
  • Physical description: Lithograph map.
  • Dimensions: 250 by 345mm. (9.75 by 13.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15056

Notes

A propaganda sheet attacking the Austro-Hungarian Empire, showing it as an octopus with its tentacles wrapped around the various territories it had absorbed, including the former Italian regions of Trentino and Istria.

Although Italy had joined the Entente powers against Germany and Austria in May 1915, public opinion was still divided. Not only did the Socialist parties oppose the war, but the Italian government also had existing diplomatic grievances with both Britain and France.