Statistical & Encyclopedic Atlases

Since the second half of 19th century we can observe a rise of statistical data being shown in atlases in forms of charts, diagrams or graphical illustrations. Whether it be a chart of longest rivers or highest mountains, demographic or country statistics or charts of import/export, in some form, this trend continues be present in most modern atlases. After the the Second World War, many atlases began to include sections of variety of topics like astronomy, geology, hydrography, religion or economy, instead of just being a set of individual maps bound together. These thematic chapters were usually present in the beginnings of the atlases, while statistical and contextual data and information about individual countries were spread throughout the whole atlas, complementing the main maps.

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