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Dropping the Pilot

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Dropping the Pilot

Dropping the Pilot is a political cartoon by Sir John Tenniel, first published in the British magazine Punch, March 1890. It depicts Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, as a maritime pilot, stepping off a ship (perhaps a reference to Plato's ship of state), watched by the German Emperor Wilhelm II. Bismarck had just resigned as Chancellor at Wilhelm's demand, as their political views were too different for Wilhelm.

The cartoon is well known in Germany and often used in history textbooks, under the title Der Lotse geht von Bord, (literally, The pilot leaves the ship).



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