The Histomap: 4,000 Years of World History in One Graphic

An epic visualisation of how the power of different civilisations has changed over time, from the ancient Egyptians to the domination of the Romans and later the British Empire. Our template isn’t quite big enough to make all of the writing legible, but you still should be able to see the size of Empires. You can see a more detailed version at The David Rumsey Map Collection.


James Carson graduated from the University of York with a degree in English and History and have a keen interested in both World Wars and popular science - particularly space.

  • Sharon ODonnell

    it would be nice to show the advancement of Christianity throughout the centuries of time- to America today ,,, Stay enlightened with WESTERN CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION America …+

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      • Marcel Scuderi

        Wasn’t it under Christian rule, the Romans burned the great works at the Library of Alexandria? Yeah….real advancement… Those bum set us back 1000 years.

  • Aaron Deville

    And Christianity is on the way out in the west fast! “Over the last 50 years “religion” has come to stand for the opposite of freedom and fairness”

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  • Jerome Madson

    A few years ago, I read a great book, “Deep Future” which explores the winners and losers of various cultures with given climatic variation (here’s a link:

  • Ram Christo

    learn lessons from history.

  • Yasir Abbasi

    Except for Chinese and Indians, there is no continuity of colors.

  • Kathryn Schauf

    Don’t be a religious troll about history. It is not religious. It is History. if we do not pay attention to the study of history, we are doomed to suffer its consequences.