Chart of the day

I really ought to check in on the Atlantic website more.  Every time I get there weekly email, it’s chock full of interesting stuff (then again, maybe all I really need is the weekly email).  Anyway, loved this cool chart of the history of the world’s GDP over the last 2000 years in one graph:

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And this very interesting interpretation:

So, one way to read the graph, very broadly speaking, is that everything to the left of 1800 is an approximation of population distribution around the world and everything to the right of 1800 is a demonstration of productivity divergences around the world — the mastering of means of manufacturing, production and supply chains by steam, electricity, and ultimately software that concentrated, first in the West, and then spread to Japan, Russia, China, India, Brazil, and beyond.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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