Fun chart via the Business Insider of the largest cities in the world over the last 6,000 years in the “east” (Asia) and “west” (Europe and North America). Click to enlarge.
A clear trend of seeing history’s largest cities in the regions that were the centre of power and industry during their time. Various cities in China dominated before the 18th century, but Tokyo and Japan dominated East Asia in the 19th and 20th century.
Meanwhile in the west the centres of power and commerce shifted between cities in Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, to Rome, then to various Ottoman cities and London, before jumping across the Atlantic to New York, and now Mexico City. World history in one chart.