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April 12, 2012

The Histomap: 4,000 Years of World History


From davidrumsey.com: "Rand McNally published amateur historian John B. Spark's  "The Histomap: 4,000 Years of World History" in 1931. This popular chart went through many editions. On the cover, Sparks states: "Clear, vivid and shorn of elaboration, Histomap holds you enthralled as you follow the curves of power down time's endless course. Here is the actual picture of the march of civilization from the mud huts of the ancients thru the monarchistic glamour of the middle ages to the living panorama of life in present day America."

[via Jane B. Kulow]

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Fantastic stuff... wish I could buy a wall poster!

Posted by: Gryzor | Apr 13, 2012 6:47:46 AM

My source for the David Rumsey site was the terrific Encyclopedia Virginia blog. Here's a link to their post the following day, Fun with Maps, Cont'd., showing three more from another source: http://blog.encyclopediavirginia.org/2012/03/29/fun-with-maps-contd/

Posted by: Jane Kulow | Apr 12, 2012 10:11:38 PM


I found the David Rumsey a little difficult to get around in, perhaps because there's SO MUCH there. Nonetheless, a wonderful find. Thanks to Jane Kulow for finding and sharing.

Posted by: Kay | Apr 12, 2012 6:04:28 PM

Super-high def for downloading? And free? Just like we bookofjoe fans like it!

Posted by: Jane Kulow | Apr 12, 2012 5:35:07 PM

One of my favorite timelines of all time. Thanks for posting. Registering on the David Rumsey site gives access to a super-high definition image for downloading.

Posted by: Jeff | Apr 12, 2012 4:48:01 PM

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