Frank Jacobs's Contributions
  • 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...

  • 15 - Divided States of America

    I was alerted to these maps by a Turkish gentleman, who posts them on his website. They are a reaction to the map of the Middle East, re-drawn as it was in the July issue of the US Armed Forces Journal (mentioned...

  • 14 - What will happen after Belgium?

    Belgium sits astride one of the main cultural fault lines of Europe, consisting roughly of a northern half that speaks Dutch and is oriented towards the ‘anglosphere’ and a southern half that speaks French and is...

  • 13 - The retreat of Cornish

    Cornwall is the southwesternmost county of England. As with other ‘extremities’ of the British Isles, it was one of the refuges of the original (partially romanized) Celtic inhabitants, fleeing before the invading...