“There have been many other attempts to capture history in this way, but most such charts tend to be very Eurocentric and do not incorporate the latest findings from archaeology and linguistic studies.”
As part of Kickstarter’s Projects of Earth, local designer Matt Baker of UsefulCharts has created an incredible new poster that documents the entire history of the human race on a single page. This includes major empires, kingdoms and civilizations, which are all shown side-by-side so that the viewer can quickly see how different events in different places relate to one another.
When speaking on the practicality of the poster, Baker said, “As a whole, the chart works well both as a basic overview of world history and as a resource that can be referred to for context whenever you are studying a specific topic. For example, if you are reading a book that mentions the Han Empire in China, a quick glimpse of the chart will show you that it was flourishing at approximately the same time as the Roman Empire. Or you can quickly discover that Attila the Hun came before Genghis Khan and that the New Kingdom of Egypt lasted about twice as long as the entire history of the United States.”