After all the dense posts from the last week or so, today is going to be some light reading. There is a new infographic/chart from that I wanted to share. It illustrates the “economic history of the world” for the last two millennia or so.

Here goes:

economic history of the world

And also:

world gdp history

Both are courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

There’s a lot going on here that’s a bit strange – including quite a massive jump in that first graph between 1 AD and 1000 AD (or 1 CE and 1000 CE if you prefer to be new school).

But fun to look at.

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