Thursday, 5 September 2013

Percentage shares of world populations under political control of civilizations 1900-2025

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From the Clash of Civilizations by Samuel P Huntington, 1996.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_P._Huntington

Extracted from Table 4.3. 'Pop' refers to world population total in Billions rounded to one decimal place. Other numbers rounded to nearest integer. * refers to projections.


Year      Pop       West     Islam      Sinic     Afric

1900       1.6          44          4              19           0

1920        1.9         48           2              17           1

1971        3.7         14           13            23           6

1995        5.8         13           16           24           10

2025*      8.5         10           19           21           14

  
This Table had a profound influence on my thinking - a case of scales dropping from eyes...

Of course, since the book was written 18 years ago, the precise estimates for 2025 have changed - but the direction, speed and severity of changes in the size and composition of the world population over the past century are stunning - and presumably unprecedented in world history.

But, naturally, nobody talks about this stuff.

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