How This 1 Picture Explains ALL of History

How This 1 Picture Explains ALL of History

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47 Responses

  1. RealLifeLore says:

    Hey y’alll! I’ve been working very, very hard to produce more new videos every month in my Modern Conflicts original series that’s over on Nebula! This month, the 26-minute video I made in the series covers the Battle of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War and with 9 full length episodes now, the best way to watch them all is through the CuriosityStream/Nebula bundle deal, which you can get right here;

    Thank you all for watching and enjoying, it truly means the world 🙏

    • nicklas abrahamsson says:

      Can you use the metric sysyem in the videos so I don’t have to google every time? Thank on the behalf of most people in the world that isn’t from USA.

    • Jamos says:

      @Sapphire if you’re going to cry about not getting a subscriber and try to seek attention by doing it, you’re messed up

    • ** says:

      your title is absolutely WRONG. all of history includes civilizations that were in places now inhospitable and no fire lights there now.

    • 1paris1942 says:

      Correction, North Korea is not fascist, it’s communist. At 20:21 or so.

    • Pabs SD says:

      I’ve just signed up but can’t find you on there anywhere??

  2. Benny Lewis says:

    It’s amazing that the extent of human-made light means that in my lifetime, despite being lucky enough to have travelled the world for almost 20 years, I’ve very rarely gotten a true glimpse of a sky without light-pollution. It’s next to impossible to find in Europe without going to Arctic circle regions, or out to sea.

    Last year, I travelled to the “Big Bend” region in Texas that is very far removed from major populations, and I got the best view of the Milky Way I’ve ever seen. It was amazing, and a reminder that we definitely live in a different world because of our electricity, that a night-sky available to all just a few decades ago, is a rarity in this day and age.

    • Kilgore Trout says:

      @numerum bestia I live in an area with a lot of telescopes and we have light ordinances in our city of almost 1mil. Streetlights and municipal buildings exterior lights are orange tinted, residential streets are left without streetlights, ball field lights have a curfew, and residents are simply asked to not have naked lightbulbs outdoors (they need to be inside a light fixture that doesn’t spill light in all directions). It makes our nights very dark and lovely. Some of this should be applied everywhere- nobody needs empty ball fields burning mercury vapor lights all night long for no one.

    • The Plague Doctor says:

      @Jay Browne calm down its ok

    • Swish says:

      @Freddy Pedraza no way, that’s crazy


      It’s CGI.

    • Heed the Seen says:

      @Jay Browne
      Pollutants take various forms of both matter and energy.
      Noise and light are forms of energy.

  3. Yashraj Somvanshi says:

    This was a very popular video by Neo, always wished for an updated version of it, and RLL delivered it.♥️

    • Tony Smith says:

      @Andreas Papadopoulos maybe someone should make a video explaining why greeks think they invented everything

    • Charlie Scene says:

      @The Firminator listen there’s 6 strings to a guitar. After a while you’re gonna start hitting the same notes as other musicians.

    • Neon says:

      @Andreas Papadopoulos *ancient greeks

    • Styled says:

      @RealLifeLore Very nice of you to try and veer off topics discussed by him, this was a great video, and so is his, it’s like a mini documentary!

    • The Firminator says:

      @RealLifeLore u didn’t try to steer clear of anything u literally repeated some of the aspects with a little added exposition e.g. like Korean split, nile outline, Indian subcontinent, syria (aleppo)

  4. RealLifeLore says:

    My friend Neo made a video that covers this map as well a while back. I made sure to not include the majority of things he discussed in his video, so you can still watch his and learn a lot more about this beautiful map here;

  5. Uninvited Guest says:

    Alice Springs doesn’t *just* exist because of Pine Gap, it’s been around since the 1800s, and it became a much more significant town during WW2 because it was a significant staging area.

    • Stephen Jay says:

      @extrafreshhh significant staging area due to being the halfway point on the only north to south rail line and the primary highway as well. If Japan staged a land invasion it could use this route with regular water sources to get to the south of the country, with Alice being the most northern location where geography lends to a good defensive space.

      If Japan landed in Darwin to push south, Alice springs is the first easily defendable position until Adelaide.

    • Cnehuvjwkkc Smhcjencnf says:

      Wow we have history going back to the 1800s, it’s crazy to think how old the USA is! Hardly any other country can compare in terms of history, that’s over 200 years of constant superiority! 🇺🇸

    • Matt Rossberg says:

      I’m sure it was instrumental in the the Australian eco war against emus ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • AndyRob says:

      @extrafreshhh okay Knuckle don’t. Doesn’t make it any less true. Let us know when you finish primary school. It’s been a primary staging area since colonial times fort inland transport between Adelaide and the north and was the terminus of the Inland railway until the late 20th century and before that the Afghan camel trains. .

    • OtakuUnitedStudio says:

      @extrafreshhh Actually, it’s true. It’s logistically sound for the same reason it is today – extremely remote in-land and surrounded by harsh terrain. It makes sense to send commanding officers and strategists there so they’re not at risk of capture or death, and it’s much easier to keep a close eye on who goes in and out.

  6. Vasile Rogojan says:

    This video is basically a proof that demonstrates just how important are history and geography for human development.

  7. ricardo ludwig says:

    Saying it tells us all of human history is overselling it a bit, but I definitely agree it is the most informative type of map there is

    • Nicholas Wilson says:

      yeah with that title he should have said information about how the lights changed more over time but since i guess its based on more recent satellite images there just may not be those pictures available

    • Jayden Nihilist says:

      @Firefox i didnt say he needed clickbait to put food on the table…. I said just because you have a million subs doesnt mean you have a million dollars

    • Firefox says:

      @Jayden Nihilist “RealLifeLore has an estimated net worth of $3 million. RealLifeLore makes most of its money through the RealLifeLore YouTube channel. The RealLifeLore YouTube channel makes from $3.3k to $52.1k every month and from $52.1k to $624.7k every year.”

      He doesn’t need clickbait titles to put food on his table.

    • Jayden Nihilist says:

      @Firefox having a million subscribers does in no way mean you are a millionare.

    • Belal Abu Sultan says:

      people built cities near bg rivers, you can see the Indus valley civilization, and the Pharaohs, as they concentrate near the Nile and Indus rivers.
      it speaks of human settlements since he dawn of man, ancient cities (like Aleppo), wars, industrialization, development, it even speaks of modern Urban policies of India etc….
      I don’t think the video says every single event of human history, but it’s close.

  8. WALLAROO says:

    An area that I found very interesting [and personally, kinda sad]: *The Bakken Oil Fields*
    I grew up in the area some decades ago, and the oil industry has a bit of a boom and bust cycle there, but was always a big chunk of the economy. High School graduation (for men) pretty much gave these options: farm, college, military, oil fields. (Or combinations thereof)
    I chose military, and left the area for most of my adult life.
    Growing up there, at night you could pretty easily navigate by the various glows on the horizon, as long as you knew what primary direction you were travelling. “Yep, going the right direction – there’s X town glowing over there.”
    Then – fracking became a thing, and the Bakken oil field absolutely went bonkers for about a decade. And you can’t navigate by horizon glows at night anymore – the horizon is speckled with land-based oil platforms, in a sea of prairie.
    Seemingly overnight, very very small towns that had been that way for *decades* – even during prior boom cycles – became small cities. In particular, Williston, North Dakota – which became something akin to the capitol city of the Bakken.

    • WALLAROO says:

      @Dominic Guye On the upside though Dominic, a *lot* of those pioneer families, still *owned the pioneer’s rights to the oil* – and so three generations after, many of those families are “oil money wealthy.” Also, in that “seemingly overnight” time frame.
      So, sad in a lot of ways, but also a lot of happiness. One of those families *donated all the funding* to completely astroturf and re-track the High School stadium. Because, “they don’t really need the money now anyway.”
      Hopefully, the people who move in will appropriate that part of a culture soon to be lost. Scandis love it when people appropriate our culture, it’s fun.

    • WALLAROO says:

      @John Chedsey I blathered pretty good in my response to Dominic! 😄 But, as I replied to him – I do like to answer a good question. And I had a pretty damn good day, so… I feel like responding with blathery stories.
      Once the towns have been changed this significantly… well, no matter where, we can’t go back in time.
      We’re doing a hell of a lot more with our oil than just cars – plastics by *far* is the biggest slice of the pie in our world now. Gasoline will always be a thing, but the share of that oil pie for gasoline will eventually get pretty small, and probably a luxury for collector car owners… in more than a few decades.
      So, the extra houses will cause the housing market to crash, and the people who sold at the top will walk away with lots of money, and the people who stayed… stay longer. Until the next cycle.
      People who plan properly, buy in when the houses are dirt cheap, and long term invest – and they make theirs at the next cycle.
      And so the cycles go… on and on.

    • WALLAROO says:

      @Dominic Guye It is sad, in several ways – some personal, and some tragic.
      The culture there was the last remnants of “Scandi-America” – having been settled in the late 1800s and early 1900s by primarily Scandinavian immigrants, from Eastern Montana, across to Minnesota (also why we have the NFL Vikings team, and it’s very stereotyped team logo). The region is… hard living, especially back then. With winter temperatures that can easily hit -40 degrees C/F, [the scales cross each around that level] in the winter with near constant high winds, to proportionally inverse hot summers.
      The area has “The Badlands” running through it, named so, for good reason! 😄 And those pioneers, made it grow food. Lots of it. Enough to supply billions of people globally with the vast wheat fields that extend across the otherwise arbitrary Canadian border. That sort of, “Canadians are Nice People” culture, is more regional, than national.
      So, if you were from Saskatchewan, Canada – some little mostly wheat farming community of about 10,000 people – most of whom were the direct descendants of the pioneers, many still on the same family farms – and out of seemingly nowhere, because of a new technology, 100s of thousands of people suddenly moved from Toronto, either into or regionally near your town, and bring with them all of their culture… Even though a [mostly] peaceful deal, rather than the open warfare of previous mass migrations of humans… Everything that was your culture – your history, your buildings, the streets, schools, businesses… families. All gone in just one or two years.
      It’s… sad.
      Suddenly, crimes that were almost unheard of, in a community where locking your doors while you slept at night was considered borderline paranoid… it’s terrifying.
      A longtime, and beloved, school teacher in one of the Montana towns was abducted, strangled, and then her body molested, by two men from Texas, high as fuck on meth amphetamines and who knows what else… just saw her out for her 5AM morning jog, and decided in the moment.
      Crimes like that did happen, but they were extremely rare.
      With working men, so also comes the vice industry – a strip club, more bars, prostitution, and violence.
      So in that way – yeah… it’s sad to me. It can’t be stopped, that is the passage of time, and change. Nothing lasts forever, and fighting time – only causes more pain.
      So anyway to myself – I blather. But, I love to answer a good question.

    • John Chedsey says:

      I drove through that area (from Regina to Denver) maybe a couple years before those oil fields blew up. It was a stunning change to pass through there again in 2016. And once the boom is gone, will the small cities turn into oversized ghost towns?

    • Dominic Guye says:

      How is this sad?

  9. Vyvor Garcia says:

    Seeing the stark contrast of lights in each countries is so fascinating. It is indeed more evident to see the difference of how each nation lives.

  10. Robert Cabrera says:

    I enjoy watching your videos, as they’re always very informative. That said, you made a glaring mistake while describing the government of North Korea. Yes, it is a totalitarian and authoritarian state, but it’s communist not fascist! While both systems are ruthlessly authoritarian in nature, they lie on polar opposite ends of the political spectrum. In one, the centralized government owns, controls and dictates all of the means of production and there is no private ownership. While in the other, corporations, private entities and oligarchs do so for profit and to curry favor with the government. One could even posit that if North Korea were fascist today it would be brightly lit, because under that system businesses would be flourishing, but still doing so at the expense of individual freedom.

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