I've been playing a fair bit of Civilization V: Brave New World recently (a great game, BTW), and one of my favourite parts of the game is the animated map at the end of the game showing the rise and fall of the (virtual) civilations across the globe, and the associated charts showing their dominance through time. Around 1932, John Sparks made a real-world chart for our actual historic civilizations for McNally (now out of print, sadly), and it stood more than six feet tall! (Photo via DataVis.ca)
Here's a detail of just the first 500 years of civilized history:
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