Histomap Revisited

The Histomap was originally published in 1931 with the full title “The Histomap. Four Thousand Years Of World History. Relative Power Of Contemporary States, Nations And Empires” by Rand McNally and Company.

It “holds you enthralled as you follow the curves of power down time’s endless course. Here is the actual picture of the march of civilisation 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”.

Histomap Revisited

In this version Santiago Ortiz added an engaging browsing method to the map. This sure makes it entertaining to explore, but on the other hand sacrifices one main feature of the original map: due to the deformation of the areas it’s difficult to perceive the global view of the time span, and to compare the impact that different civilisations had in periods that are far apart.