4000 ans d’histoire dans une image

Ce travail réalisé par John B.Sparks et publié pour la première fois en 1931 est forcément imparfait (j’imagine que la connaissance de notre passé a évolué depuis) mais ça reste sacrément impressionnant.

Donc, vous vous dites “zut j’ai raté le début du film”. Ca arrive tout le temps et heureusement certains prennent le temps d’écrire un résumé de l’histoire. Ici, c’est l’Histoire avec un grand “H” (ou un grand “I” pour les moins de 20 ans ayant des difficultés avec l’orthographe).

“The chart emphasizes domination, using color to show how the power of various “peoples” (a quasi-racial understanding of the nature of human groups, quite popular at the time) evolved throughout history. It’s unclear what the width of the colored streams is meant to indicate. In other words, if the Y axis of the chart clearly represents time, what does the X axis (marked as “relative power of contemporary states, nations, and empires”) represent? What’s the meaning of “power” to the mapmaker? And did Sparks see history as a zero-sum game, in which peoples and nations would vie for shares of finite resources? Given the timing of his enterprise—he made this chart between two world wars and at the beginning of a major depression—this might well have been his thinking.”

First published in 1931, this ambitious “Histomap” by John B. Sparks attempts to distil four thousand years of world history starting in 2000 B.C. The histomap was first printed by Rand McNally . It sold for $1 and the five foot long map was folded into a green cover. […]

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