A curious engraving
I’ve always been a visual thinker, which makes me an outlier as far as most historians are concerned, at least if you consider the average text-centric history publication or lecture. I’m not very artistic, but I do like to compress a lot of info into visualizations to make quick-read summaries. And computer software has really made it easy to make neat-looking graphics with relative ease. So from time to time I’ll post examples of my attempts to visually summarize historical info. Feel free to comment on my attempts, or even contribute your own.
The first is a chart illustrating military ranks (based off England) circa 1700. I’m planning on using this for reference for myself and students in my European warfare course.
So, what’s the most effective historical visualization you’ve seen? Why did it work for you?