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Al Picozzi's insight:
Map of Europe show in a comical way, however it shows how the Powers of Europe were being seen. Russia as an octopus trying to exapnd with tentacles around the Ottoman Empire and Persia. Notice the wound on a tentacle representing the Crimean War of 1853-56, and the Tentacle around Poland. The Ottoman Empire is trying to keep the Russians away with a pistol as it keeps and eye on Bulgaria. The Germans are also trying to hold back the Russians. Austria is trying to stop Hungry drom going after Russia(remeber the Austria Empire in now the dual monarchy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). France is looking at Germany to get back for the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, Englnad is looking over to see what is happening. Italy, Spain and Portugal are not interested in anyone elses problems but their own. The map is in the rough shpae of Europe, no were near any scale, but showing a region that has issues that would seen lead to WWI. See http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=serio-comic+war+map+1877&id=1DC7CBBBF24DE91107D8FA1BE52CE4849F9DFBEA&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=C20F2B322258EEF70917AA6F0BF4BB2AFBB80C7A&selectedIndex=11 for a close up view of the map.