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88 - Neuschwabenland, the Last German Colony

Missing
over 7 years ago

  Ever since it achieved unification in 1871, Germany craved colonies as a matter of national pride. But by the late nineteenth century, most of the ‘uncivilised world’ was already carved up by established European powers. In an eleventh-hour effort, the German Empire acquired a few scraps of ...

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87 - The Whole World In A Cloverleaf

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over 7 years ago

Heinrich Bunting (1545-1606) knew the world didn’t really look like this. There are enough maps in his works (such as Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae) to indicate he knew the continents had an irregular, and not a symbolic shape. Yet he delighted in drawing other symbolic maps, examples of which ...

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86 - A Map of Germany's Euroregions

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  It seems impossible to find an online map showing all of the European Union’s so-called Euroregions. Why doesn’t the EU showcase these transnational regions, conceived to promote economic development and cultural understanding among neighbours that too often in the past have been strangers or ...

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85 - Inside the Hollow Earth

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If the Earth is hollow, where does all that magma spewing out of all those volcanoes come from? Somebody must have a half-convincing answer to that question, presumably that handful of people who still believe the Earth is an empty shell. The idea seems quite ludicrous now, but in pre-scientific ...

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83 - A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms

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Gulliver’s Travels (1726) is a satire of contemporary England dressed up as a faux traveller’s tale by Jonathan Swift, narrating in the first person the voyages of one Lemuel Gulliver. The book, divided in four parts, tells of Gulliver’s shipwreck on Lilliput (which is inhabited by people no ...

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80 - Trieste, Zones A and B

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  Following World War II, the city of Trieste and its environs was administered as the Free Territory of Trieste. The area was contested between Italy and Yugoslavia. Trieste was the southern point of the newly-descended Iron Curtain, as Yugoslavia had turned communist, therefore ‘upgrading’ a ...

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78 - The Most Generic Country Ever

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This map is from the Agile Rabbit Book of Historical and Curious Maps (Pepin Press, 2005). It’s a British map dating from 1897, explaining geographical terms by showing them in the sort of landscape they’re supposed to describe… In the process producing a map of the most generic country ever ...

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76 - Driving Orientation: A World Map

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over 7 years ago

Another traffic map of sorts. If this world map vaguely looks like it’s highlighting a remnant of the British Empire, that’s no coincidence. This map shows which side of the road traffic drives on. Dark blue: drives on left (mainly British ex-colonies). Light blue: used to drive on right ...

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74 - The United States of Stellaland

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Nowadays, the southern tip of Africa is dominated by a single state, the Republic of South Africa (punctuated by Lesotho, one of the world’s few enclave-states). But starting about a century and a half ago, when the usurping British were pushing the Dutch-originated Afrikaners inland, the ...