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1st Edition

The Global North-South Atlas
Mapping Global Change

ISBN 9781138588844
Published November 22, 2019 by Routledge
180 Pages 147 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This innovative atlas deconstructs the contemporary image of the North–South divide between developed and underdeveloped countries which was established by the 1980 Brandt Line, and advocates the need for the international community to redraw the global map to be fit for the 21st century.

Throughout the book a range of colorful maps and charts graphically demonstrate the ways in which the world has changed over the last 2,000 years. The atlas first analyzes the genesis and characteristics of the Brandt Line’s North–South divide, before going on to discuss its validity through the centuries, especially before and after 1980, and demonstrating the many definitions and philosophies of development that exist or may exist, which make it difficult to define a single notion of a Global North and South. The book concludes by proposing new schemes of categorization between developed and developing countries which might better fit our contemporary global society.

This book will serve as a perfect textbook for students studying global divisions within geography, politics, economics, international relations, and development departments, as well as being a useful guide for researchers, and for those working in NGOs and government institutions.

Table of Contents

List of figures


Introduction. The Brandt Line: Political or Developmental Boundary?

1 Mapping Global Change: Differences in Development and Wealth from the First to the Twenty-First Century

2 Different Philosophies of Development - Different Development Boundary Lines

3 Towards a New Global Line?

4 Conclusions


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Marcin Wojciech Solarz is Professor in the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland.


Excerpt from book review in Hungarian Geographical Bulletin, Vol. 69 No.1, 2020

"This book…contextualises and modulates the problem of what humanity thinks of development, progression, and well-being…The Brandt Line has a place in political and economic history rather than contemporary 21st-century atlases. Solarz’s work explores the geographic aspects of development in great detail, focusing on the discourse around the Brandt Line. By contributing to the discussion, he resolves the opposition of the global South and North with multiple approaches and offers new alternatives for presenting development on a global scale." -- Géza Barta, Doctorate School of Earth Sciences, Eötvös Loránd, University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary