Conclusion

Over time, maps have shaped the way we picture countries, often negatively for Southern countries. Today, we can use them to change our perspective on the world, for the better. Our case study has allowed us to look at the world in all its complexity, without bias, particularly through changes of scale. Potential giants of the economy like Russia may be wealthy, but are still very unequal from one region to another. Continents such as Africa or Asia that are only looked at through a few selected countries (Africa is sometimes even viewed as a country) possess an incredibly rich culture and great diversity, as we can see by looking at the variety of languages and alphabets that exist. Though we typically consider the Triad to allow for the most freedom and equality, we can see that they do not always excel in every aspect and that there is room for improvement; furthermore, countries from all over the world can be equal to or even surpass them in certain aspects. More often than not, however, we can find patterns: a lot of the time the majority of Africa and the Middle East’s countries is in a bad situation, in terms of production, security or education.

All of the information we learned from the maps can be used to give us an idea of what the daily life of a country’s inhabitant is like: a common Russian who lives in St-Petersburg may have an average income, but if they are homosexual they will not feel safe, if they want to express their opinion publicly freely they will not be able to, and if the person is a woman there is a chance she will not have a secondary education.

As such, we can conclude that maps have an educational purpose as they help us to understand the world in all its diversity and intricacy without the hindrances that are biases and stereotypes; they are great tools that look at the world as it is.

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