Frank Jacobs's Contributions
  • 25 - Suur Suomi

    Finland gained independence from Russia right after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. A civil war ensued, along the lines of the post-revolution conflict in Russia itself: ‘Reds’ against ‘Whites’. The conservative...

  • 24 - Europe's north-south divides

    This map is yet another dissection of Europe, this time focussing on the north-south divides in the continent. Some of the boundaries here were already present in one or both of the earlier maps, especially the...

  • 23 - Beyond the pale

    Beyond the pale is an English expression for anything beyond the limits of the law or of accepted morality. The aforementioned ‘pale’, far from being a symbolic separator, at one time was a very real barrier:...

  • 22 - Europe: core and peripheries

    Post #12 shows a map identifying three core areas of Europe with transition zones in between. This map here has a different approach to European cultural diversity. On the one hand, it posits a contiguous...

  • See How New South Wales Shrinks as Australia Grows

    Now one of the smaller states, it once covered half the continent

  • 20 - Sri Lanka on top!

    Funny how something as arbitrary as map orientation can skew the perception of countries. On this map, from the vaults of the  Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas in Austin (and to be...

  • 19 - A Europe of 'little states'

    One  last map by Leopold Kohr, also an addendum to his book ‘The Breakdown of Nations’ (1957). Kohr probably realised that dividing Europe into rectangular, US-style states would clash with the ‘tribal’ makeup of...

  • Want World Peace? Divide the World in Enough Small States

    Leopold Kohr, who championed the principle 'small is beautiful', also applied it to geopolitics

  • A Plan for a 'United States of Greater Austria'

    Had Franz Ferdinand not been assassinated in Sarajevo, he might have pushed through this plan, and the empire might have survived

  • 16 - Europe fits in Brazil

    At 8.511.965 km², Brazil is the 5th largest country on earth, the larger ones being Russia, Canada, the US and China (in that order). The country conjures up mostly images of leasurely beach life, or crime-ridden...