I just have to hang on to the... halter

Description

This satirical drawing shows Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria drowning in a sea of blood, trying to save himself by clinging to a noose. The sea represents the blood of World War One’s victims, and the noose shows there is no hope for the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its emperor after the conflict. The war began after the murder of Franz Joseph’s nephew and heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist. Franz Joseph I did not want to declare war on Serbia because, aged 84, he didn’t want to face all the horrors it would bring. The imperial army, however, forced him to sign the declaration.

Full title:
I just have to hang on to the... halter
Created:
1915
Format:
Poster / Illustration
Held by:
Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico
Usage terms:
Public Domain

Related articles

Origins and outbreak

Article by:
David Stevenson
Theme:
Origins, outbreak and conclusions

How did World War One break out? Professor David Stevenson closely examines the three stages that led to war being declared between Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Germany, Russia, France, and Britain.

The debate on the origins of World War One

Article by:
Annika Mombauer
Themes:
Historical debates, Origins, outbreak and conclusions

Beginning with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Dr Annika Mombauer explores the opposing debates about the origins of World War One. Is it possible for historians to arrive at a consensus?

Related collection items