By - xu_shawn
This item is called the histomap. A coworker had one and while interesting, it is far from complete. A neat visualization nonetheless.
“The Histomap was originally designed by John B. Sparks and published by Rand McNally in 1931 and was presented as an easy-to-understand visual infographic of world history.”
[Source (can buy from website)](https://www.thehistomap.com/about)
Sold out. 😢
This is one of those things that I could spend hours going over. Awesome!
This was the coolest part about winning a game of Civ back in the day
*This was the coolest part*
*About winning a game of*
*Civ back in the day*
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for me it was AOE2
If you are interested in these kind of diagrams, I found something in Public Domain Review a few days ago. Here is a link of it:
[Stream of Time](https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/stream-of-time)
India and China from the start to the end.
Disappointed to see the Americas erased from history as if their history begins with colonization.
1350: South America 😎
I think one of the biggest things is there's not enough information mostly due to the effects of that colonization. But even the little info we do have is super interesting even just the way different groups counted things is cool.
I was thinking this. And how it almost looks like it’s saying that Mexico is in South America?
They most certainly had power. That power was absolutely acknowledged by the many people living in the Americas.
This is more like a chart of relative power and influence over Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and, to a lesser extent, the Indian subcontinent. It's hard to compare classical military powers that would have never had any direct interaction with Western powers (Like the Han Dynasty which had around 30% of the global population at its height).
But this guide sucks because it doesn't include every single civilization that ever existed across the entire globe in one image /s
It's not the inclusion that's the issue. It's that the "power" is weighted towards Western History influence. The guide claims that the Roman Empire has 6-7 times more "power" than Han Dynasty China in the 1st century. And more than half of all power in the world. That's a stretch.
Yes I agree that the x-axis 'influence' rating is completely arbitrary and subjective
Do you really think it's out of bounds for someone to suggest that a pop history/grand narrative historical guide from the 1930s, aimed at Anglosphere audiences may have some shortcomings in how it approaches and presents global history? Or are you just being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian?
I already conceded down the thread that the 'power' representation is complete BS and western-biased. My only complaint is when people expect every civilization to be represented on an infographic limited in size that already covers all of recorded history. E.g. someone complaining about lack of American civilizations.
To me it makes more sense (especially with the inclusion of an 'influence' scale) to focus on civilizations that actually interacted with each other, directly or indirectly.
The graphic is already stuffed as it is, you have to make concessions.
And yes it was made in the 1930's, but for the time it's remarkable how detailed it is. People are obsessed with the negatives. It's not like someone made this today.
While I can agree with that criteria, the Spanish Empire is totally misrepresented.
This probably needs an update look 20 years old.
It is circa 100yrs old
It was published in 1931
Wow I would love to see how it's changed with all the modern research
What a throwback: My parents got this some 40 years ago and I remember it from when I was a toddler. For the times it was a good attempt to put things in perspective. From today’s pov, one could argue that the perspective was skewed and very Euro-centric. Looks great on a wall, though
Right at the bottom,
**Sharpie pen “made world uninhabitable”**
Cool, but very western bias
I think China is underestimated and it feels like they split Europe into seperate powers more than other groups
There were American civilizations that had massive power during this time (Aztecs, Inca, Maya, Mississippian, Haudenosaunee), but they don’t get discussed because the author doesn’t see them as important. Also large empires in Africa. These may not have been as huge as the Roman Empire, but they were easily as big or bigger than some of the smaller European powers that made it on the map.
Read “like” a fucking fifth grade history book, clown.
Not sorry douche - autocorrect doesn’t make the point any less valid.
Well yeah, it was Rand McNally in 1931..
Thought this was awesome and then realized how messed up that Australia has no reference to aboriginal history and New Zealand none to Māori.
The third line in the title explains why.
Am I missing something or did Africa not have a history (or is it not part of the "world")?
Egypt is on there as well as Ethiopia.
It is about the relative power, and not about cultural relevance or other historical qualities.
[Mansa Musa](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansa\_Musa) was pretty big... But I get what you mean.
Indian Hindu history is all wrong
Modern day relative power seems kinda sus
Probably half the truth
I think there are mostly problems with naming. Like Russia didn't exist in 9th century, but there was "Land of Rus' ". That's quite wrong to claim it with the name of the modern country. With the same logic it could be named as Belarus or Ukraine.
Bahahahahahahaha, no. Africa has an amazing heritage and so does America. The Pacific was a thing, it's big, a lot bigger tha u can imagine and there a amazing things still unanswered
This isn't about "cultural value" or "heritage",: it's about relative power. Africa didn't have any power/influence over events in the way the other major counties on this map did
American has its place there. Its Just Not as big or old as you might think in comparison to world history
Really cool, but it is missng so much of East Asian history.I would like to see an updated modern one.
Christian history only recognizes the last 4,000 years. LOL.
Ha，China is the only one that touchs both sides
I always loved looking at this when I was a kid.
Oh wow, I have this one on my wall
Wow so cool.. thanks for this! Yea I think I could spend hours on it too. ;)
Do we have a high qualify version of this?
super interesting to look at!
We have 30 years before the Mongols come back
They spelled Poltava wrong
That's pretty wild. I love the visual representation
According to whom? :-)
I have one of those at home. Pretty interesting it to see it online
How to save this by the app without poor quality? When download the image turn blured :/
The Aryan Invasion Theory assigned to India's history has been scholarly debunked multiple times by both Indian and Western researchers so I fail to understand why people still keep pushing this narrative as if the theory has any profound evidence to support it's occurrence.
For those who wish to have a different perspective
This type of context is what I was always missing from history class! Well…this… and the fact that we learned western civ 4 different times instead of being able to take literally any other history class.
This is helpful.
Macedonia is Greek 🇬🇷💪🇬🇷💪🇬🇷
This should be number one guide on coolguides
VERY COOL! Next time someone says the term "cultural appropriation" show them this graphic.
Cultural appropriation refers to when one monetizes a culture while preventing said culture to effectively earn from their creation. Elvis Presley is an easy example. Black artists were major contributors to the sound he used while simultaneously having limited ability to scale their earnings because of the color of their skin. Meanwhile … Elvis became so rich he died of gluttony.
Nope, it has nothing to do with money. Although it 'may' in some cases in volve money. It's actually quite a vague concept which has been misused, and has suffered from considerable concept creep since it's inception.
"Cultural appropriation takes place when members of a majority group adopt cultural elements of a minority group in an exploitative, disrespectful, or stereotypical way. To fully understand its consequences, though, we need to make sure we have a working definition of culture itself."
That was a pretty good analysis.
Sounds like your analysis needs a lot more nuance, but ok.
Low key looks like a floppy vagina