Economics of the past are no indication of the future


I like population numbers. I like maps. I like empires. I like history. Here’s a list of the largest empires throughout history, with all sorts of fancy stats. Things you’ll learn:

  • In the fifth century BC, the Persian empire had 44% of the world’s population
  • In 1870, the British Empire accounted for 35.9% of the world’s GDP, followed closely by America’s 35% in 1945
  • Nazi Germany’s economy was roughly half the size of Britain’s in 1938
  • India in the second century BC had a larger population than China in the 1100s

Also, from a different source I found out that in 1913, Europe was more populated than China and it combined with its former colonies in North America made up 33% of the world’s population.

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