Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 7th of April 2018 to The Sounding Line.
As part of our ongoing series of historical video-maps, we present: ‘Visualizing Empires Decline.’ Unlike most of our video-maps, this not a map per say, but shows bubbles whose size represents the total land extent of the four major European empires: Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal. As each empire gains or loses territory, the bubbles absorb or eject chucks of land and change size.
The pace at which empires collapse can be startling and is perhaps best exemplified by France. The French Empire slowly grew over hundreds of years and maintained the bulk of its territorial extent into the 1950s only to implode seemingly overnight in 1960 during the Algerian War.
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Every Major Plague Epidemic in History
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