Published Wednesday, November 23, 2005 by CCAer | E-mail this post
The organization that doles out Nobel Prizes in Peace, Literature, Medicine, Physics, Economics and Chemistry (but no cartography) has a website
containing all sorts of information on past prize winners. Tucked away in the Peace section of the site is a Shockwave map depicting armed conflicts in the 20th century
. This includes inter-state, civil and colonial wars. A moveable timeline at the bottom of the map is broken up by decade, allowing the user to see the progression of (or regression into) war throughout the century. It is surprising to see the number of conflicts that have occurred in the 1990s. The map is zoomable, pannable and queryable. As well, below the map is a chart showing the number of Nobel Peace Prize nominees and winners for each decade.
Compare this to a pdf map
published by Goals for Americans
. The map is 36 inches x 28 inches with two sides, one for the map and numerous tables and charts, the other for an index of conflicts in 2000. A little too heavy on the text, this map could benefit from a little more subtlety in its presentation.