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Britain Embraces France

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Britain Embraces France

Das alte lied - the old song. Britain embraces France behind Germanys back

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1931 Alte Behind Diplomacy Embraces Germanys Kissing Marianne Song

This print captures a moment of historical significance, depicting Britain embracing France behind Germany's back in 1931. The image, titled "Britain Embraces France (Das alte lied - the old song)," showcases a couple representing the two nations locked in a tender embrace by a window. This intimate gesture symbolizes diplomatic relations between Britain and France during a time of political turmoil. The inclusion of Marianne, the national symbol of France, adds depth to the narrative as she gazes lovingly at her British counterpart. The title "Das alte lied - the old song" hints at longstanding alliances and shared histories between these European powers. Intriguingly, Germany is depicted with its back turned to this affectionate scene, suggesting tension or rivalry between all three countries. The use of cartoons as a medium further emphasizes the playful yet serious nature of international politics during this era. Overall, this print from Mary Evans Picture Library serves as both an artistic representation and historical document capturing complex events and relationships that shaped Europe in the early 20th century. It is a reminder of how diplomacy and alliances can be both delicate and powerful forces in shaping world events.

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