This American map of 1942 shows what its author, a Philadelphia academic named Maurice Gomberg, envisaged the world would look like following the end of World War II.
The map shows the world reorganised into power blocs, some of which came to pass, as with the Soviet bloc; some of which did not, as with the United States of South America. The British Commonwealth was to lose India and Canada but retain Australia and New Zealand, even gaining states in South Asia.
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- Tom Harper
The British Library’s map curator Tom Harper details the evolution of the map of the world in the 20th century, from the Navy League map of 1901 to a digital world view a century later.