Atlas of Pre-Colonial Societies (ATLAS)

How to explain the differences in development of African and Asian countries?

The ATLAS is a by-product of a research project about post-colonial development in Africa and Asia. Its aim is to measure the impact of local cultural traditions on national development since 1960 ( in a nutshell). With this goal in mind, the following steps were taken – see navigation below:


Cultural Heritage – Overview

Cultural Units – Introduction


Types of Maps

This research and its outcomes are published (Atlas of Pre-Colonial Societies (in German)) and, to a large extent, presented on this website. Publications pertaining to the data bank of the ATLAS, can be found under Research Results .