The Atlas of the Real World

The Atlas of the Real World provides a potentially powerful visual tool that re-sizes nation-states on a globe based on their rank or gravity on particular issues:

The Atlas of the Real World uses software to depict the nations of the world, not by their physical size, but by their demographic importance on a range of subjects. Here, we select a series of travel- and news-related maps

Starting with basic land mass, the 18-globe series has some highlights such as Net Tourism, use of airplanes, and Post-WWII war deaths. Obviously it is not a new technique, but the quality and breadth of the collection is worth a link!  Also, given that I spent a few hours looking at topographic maps this afternoon, this is a welcome change of perspective.

Michael A. Allen

About Michael A. Allen

Michael is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Boise State University with a focus in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Methodology (quantitative and formal). His work includes issues related to military basing abroad, asymmetric relations, cooperation, and conflict. He received his Ph.D from Binghamton University in 2011.

One thought on “The Atlas of the Real World

  1. Von Karten und Menschen

    Landkarten können mehr zeigen als nur topographische Begebenheiten. Ich bin in den letzten Tagen im Netz über drei interessante Beispiele gestolpert die alle einen Klick Wert sind.

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