>Off the map
|Europe according to the Brits – Why are we always depicted as nation of europhobes? … possibly because we are?|
|Europe as seen by the French: Zut alors! Does this have the ring of truth?|
A similar Europe-As-Seen-By-Estonians (that’s ethnic majority Estonians, I think) appeared on You Tube a while back (see below) – marvellous line about ‘…the country where Bjork and dragons live in harmony’.
And, of course, there is much weird and truly wonderful stuff on the Strange Maps blog (now also a book) such as the invaluable map of European alcohol belts (beer vs. wine vs. spiritis) – note the interesting beer/wine cleavages running through Northern France and the apparant identification of wine-drinking with ethnic Hungarians (although they should perhaps have marked South Moravia in the Czech Republic more prominently as wine enclave) and Croatia seems oddly to have slipped into the beer zone.
|Europe’s alcohol belts (from Strange Maps)|
The venerable tradition of satirical map making – covered by the excellent just closed British Library exhibition – is it seems to be alive and kick and taking over from straight political analysis.
Updates: As my SSEES colleague Eric Gordy notes, you can also get this type of analysis in fuller tabular form and, Catherine Baker informs over Facebook, the slightly neglected Croats have produced a map of their own . Oddly, they seem to remember us in terms of the British Empire, but so much discussion about British politics betrays a subconscious obsession with our fall from imperial superpower status, I guess that’s OK.