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Ambitious, to say the least. 

In 1931, John B. Sparks designed an elaborate “histomap” that attempts to cover the entirety of human civilization (well, four thousand years of it) onto one page. One 5-foot long page. 

It’s quite the admirable effort, and although there are moments where I’m squinting at the map and thinking “what’s this segment here all about” it’s not that bad of a design.

The content, however, can be quite controversial, as Slate writer Rebecca Onion pointed out:

The chart emphasizes domination, using color to show how the power of various “peoples” (a quasi-racial understanding of the nature of human groups, quite popular at the time) evolved throughout history.

Check out a high-quality zoomable version here

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