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A New Chart of History

A New Chart of History

Not a day now goes by without the appearance of new infographics, each of them meant to bring its viewers a fuller understanding of a subject or phenomenon (or convince them of an argument) at a glance. Modern technology has made it possible for us to see, as well as create, a wider variety of infographics filled with more data than ever, but their creation as an artistic and intellectual pursuit began longer ago than you might think. Here we have a handmade infographic by the 18th-century English polymath Joseph Priestley, notable not just for its earliness, but for the fact that it remains among the most impressive examples of the form. Accompanied by a description and subtitles, “A View of the Principal Revolutions of Empire that have taken place in the World” literally illustrates its... Show More

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