John Leech.  Cartoon.  Punch. September 29, 1855.

After a year-long siege by the French and British armies, the Russians abandoned the naval port of Sebastopol on September 11, 1855.  Here, two allied soldiers have the Russian split crow wounded and on the run.

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“Between war and peace.”

Honoré Daumier.  Actualités, no. 256.  Le Charivari.  December 29, 1855.  LD 2733.

Czar Alexander II stands between a soldier who wants war and a politician who wants peace.  The Treaty of Paris, then in discussion, would bring an end to the Crimean War. 

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John Leech.  Cartoon.  Punch.  January 26, 1856.

Czar Alexander II offers olive branches to French and British commanders, who are skeptical, given Russia’s expansionist tendencies.  Nonetheless, the Treaty of Paris was signed on March 30, 1856.  The Treaty lacked any mention of the Holy Places, which originally served as the supposed rationale for the war.




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