Frank Jacobs's Contributions
  • 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...

  • 12 - Europe's divides

    An interesting look at the religions and language groups that are elements of division (and union) in Europe. The mapmaker wanted to make a point by indicating three ‘core areas’ where a certain language group and...

  • 11 - "Edwardistan"

    The British tried their hand at subduing Afghanistan in the 19th Century, when the Empire was at the top of its game. Their troops were massacred (with one man left alive to warn off other invasion attempts),...

  • 10 - Manhattan neighbourhoods

    Any and every American city is built up out of Avenues and Streets, most of them numbered. A much nicer way to describe a city is by mapping its neighbourhoods. As in this map of Manhattan. ...

  • 9 - Germany wins World War I(French worst case scenario)

    What would Europe have looked like, had Imperial Germany won World War One? This image is taken off a French magazine at the start of the war, painting an exaggerated picture of German (and Austro-Hungarian)...