To mark Assumption Day (a bank holiday in France), we told ourselves that since there wasn’t much time left before school resumes, it might be time to get ready for the surprise test that your thoughtful history or geography teacher has in store for you as a back-to-school present in September.
To do so, we’ve found something better than a school book or the dubious notes taken by your classmate: a huge infographic showing 4,000 years of history, divided up into people, states, nations, and empires. You will for instance be able to see how the Huns, Romans or Babylonians dominated certain periods in turn, and how all these peoples ultimately splintered into many independent nations (right at the bottom).
Please note that the computer graphic is so huge that you’ll have to click on it below to access it in full.
As you will have noticed, it is in fact nothing more than a scan of a document published in 1931 (and subsequently added to) which was no less than 31 cm wide and 1.58 m high! What you have here is undoubtedly the ancestor of infographics, which is history too. So remember it well!