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[豆知识] 【整理】2011-01-02&01-08 四分钟了解200个国家过去200年的发展 (1/2)

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So, here we go.First,an axis for health: life expectancy,form 25 years to 75 years. and down here,an axis for health: income per person, four hundred,four thousand,and forty thousand dollars.So down here is poor and sick,and up here is rich and healthy.
Now, i am going to show you the world 200 years ago.in 1818.Here come all the countries,Europe brown,Asia red ,Mideast green,Africa South of Sahara blue,and the Americas yellow.And the size of country bubble shows the size of population.And in 1810,it was pretty crowded down here,wasn't it?All countries were sick and poor,life expectancy was below forty in all countries,and only UK and the Netherlands were slightly better off ,but not much.
and now,I start the world.Industrial revolution makes countries in Europe and elsewhere move away from the rest.But the colonized countries in the Asia and Africa,they are stuck down there.Eventually the western countries get healthier and healthier
And now we slow down to show the impact of the First World War. And the Spanish flu epidemic. What a catastrophe!
And now I speed up through the 1920s and the 1930s.And in spite of the great depression, western countries are getting towards the wealth and health.Japan and some other stride to follow.But most countries stay down here.
Now after the tragedy of Second World War,we stop a bit to look at the world in 1948.1948 was a great year ,the war was over and Sweden top the medal table at the winer Olympics and I was born. But the difference between the countries of the world was wider than ever. United States was in the front,Japan was catching up, Brazil was way behind, Iran was getting a little richer from oil but still has short lives and the Asia giants,China,India,Pakistan,Bangladesh and Indonesia,they are still poor and sick down here.But look what is about to happen!
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