This is a c. 1951 Paix et Liberté propaganda broadside map of Europe presaging European unification. The map reflects both optimism and threat in the post-World War II (1939 - 1945) era. Western Europe enjoyed a post-war flowering of cross-national solidarity, as well as industrial, cultural, and trade booms. Eastern Europe, at the same time, languished under Communism.
A Closer LookA verdant floral Western Europe spreads across the broadside representing pan-European solidarity. A young girl wearing white embodies the hope of unification in the within the next generation. She holds an umbrella composed of the flags of Western European nations indicating that Unification of Western Europe was an essential defense against the storm of Soviet Communism, the clouds of which loom threateningly in the background.
Publication History and CensusThis broadside was drawn by Morac and published by Paix et Liberté c. 1951. An example is part of the Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection at Cornell University. We note a second cataloged example in OCLC at the Bibliothèque Nationale Universitaire de Strasbourg. This broadside is rare on the private market.
Paix et Liberté (1950 - 1956) was a French anticommunist movement active during the French Fourth Republic. Founded by Jean-Paul David (December 14, 1912 - July 21, 2007) in September 1950, the left-of-center group had as its goal to respond to propaganda disseminated by the French Communist Party in France. Only a few years removed from World War II and at the beginning of the Cold War, Paix et Liberté wanted to 'unmask' the outwardly pacifist but in reality confrontational communist propaganda that created by Moscow and circulated in France. This propaganda hoped to divide the Communist bloc's opposition by appealing to humanity's universal desire for peace. Paix et Liberté operated in Paris until it disbanded in 1956 following the implementation of the Soviet Union's theory of peaceful coexistence. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Light wear along fold lines.
Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection 2205.01. OCLC 800487192.