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Mapping Globalization
January 6, 2008 2:11 PM   Subscribe

What does "globalization" look like? Princeton's searchable collection of historical maps and present-day analysis, including Artists' Travels in the Renaissance, an 1891 ethnographic chart, Telegraph Lines in 1869, Global Terrorism c. 1983, Oil reserves vs. consumption, a visualization of world development since 1960. (via)
posted by desjardins (13 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, that ethnographic map, showing North America split between "American [Indigenous]" and "Caucasian" is amazing. Talk about the world being flat.
posted by Rumple at 2:43 PM on January 6, 2008


I was so afraid the link that showed what globalization looked like was going to be a Goatse image.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:48 PM on January 6, 2008


Which inspired me to think that the world is now India and China, I would like to see the maps these guys are going to consider interesting.
posted by elpapacito at 2:52 PM on January 6, 2008


Huh, I just noticed that the 1891 ethnographic map mentions the "Malayan Races." That's a new one on me. Plus, the source section of that page leads to "Maps Etc," another collection. Down the rabbit hole I go again...
posted by desjardins at 3:12 PM on January 6, 2008


That last link is fantastic. And sad> The huge drop-offs in life expectancy for sub-Saharan countries is especially heart wrenching. Hello Aids epidemic. Try highlighting Lesotho and Botswana.
posted by AwkwardPause at 3:14 PM on January 6, 2008


The last link, Gapminder, is embedded in a Wiki that is not from the creator of Gapminder, Hans Rosling. Another use of Gapminder, a brilliant demonstration of human development trends in global health and poverty since the 60s, is also on the site.
posted by honest knave at 3:43 PM on January 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thanks honest knave. I am watching the children mortality rate versus GPD-per-capita , It seems that there is some kind of correlation between income and mortality rate.

Which is rather unsurpring, one could say, as more income is likely to imply access to more expensive treatements or , maybe, to less more prenatal parent care.

Yet I find it interesting that the absolute mortality rate goes from a 80% for subsaharian people with +- $2500 (annual gdp per capita) to a 99,4% for OECD people with a $45K . It suggest me that human are pretty resistant, or that maybe the eradication of some plagues (such as Smallpox) had quite a striking impact on infant mortality. It also suggest me that healthcare may be quite overpriced or not very effective, if 20 times the income can just buy one (assuming correlation) just a 20% decrease in mortality.

Also fascinating is slide #6 , the increase of infant survival rate is almost irrelevant (95 of china to 99.x of europe) yet the european income is one order of magnitude greater.

It's also a testament to how misleading a graph can be if you don't pay attention to the numbers.
posted by elpapacito at 4:38 PM on January 6, 2008


I like how us 'Chilians', who are apparently a race, are swimming in the sea, kept there by the evil Patagonians, who had apparently conquered the Mapuche, etc.
posted by signal at 5:31 PM on January 6, 2008


I also never knew that my Celtic ancestors extended into Spain.
posted by desjardins at 5:41 PM on January 6, 2008


This map is especially cool: click play or use the slider at bottom, and watch most countries trend upward and to the right as they boost per-capita income and life expectancy -- and keep an eye out countries like the blue dot that plummets downward and then rockets to the left around the late '80s. That would be Rwanda.
posted by donpedro at 7:23 PM on January 6, 2008


Don't miss the Hans Rosling video lecture. This is great stuff.
posted by sneebler at 8:54 PM on January 6, 2008


Thanks for the great links! desjardins: the Celts occupied a large part of Europe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Celts_in_Europe.png)
posted by pantufla at 5:38 AM on January 7, 2008


Yes, I just realized my mistake, pantufla. The Wikipedia article on Galicia was illuminating.
posted by desjardins at 6:10 AM on January 7, 2008


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