I mentioned in So how’s your course at Yale going? a “brilliant animated presentation in the lecture of global economic developments from the early 19th century to the present showing in just twelve seconds the fortunes of the major world states.” This will give you some idea:


Situation in 1800


Situation in 2007. The big blue one is India. Australia over the fold.

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Mother Ninglun’s Almanack for the 2010s: 2

Under this somewhat facetious heading appear posts (of dubious authority) on such things as globalisation and the future — looking at our new decade. My Yale course and non-fiction reading feed into this series.

One globalisation process we — you reading and me writing this — are enthusiastically embracing with our blogs and Facebooks and Twittering is just this: the revolution in technology, just as epic as the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, or even as the invention of the printing press.

Some indeed say that the printing press is in for hard times in the next decade: Year will be more than just a page-turner, it’ll be a new era.

The seeds of the future are planted in the present. Much that will delight us this year was born during the past decade.

First and foremost, the book is about to undergo a transformation as profound as any since the birth of moveable type printing, almost 600 years ago. The printed page has been dependably static since the first page rolled off Gutenberg’s printing press.
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