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Countries by Largest Population in 1900 Quiz

Name the twenty largest countries in 1900 by their population
Some of these countries are colonies, and some no longer exist
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First submittedDecember 16, 2012
Last updatedDecember 16, 2012
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Population
Country
415,000,000
Qing Dynasty
200,000,000
India
132,000,000
Russia
76,000,000
United States
56,000,000
Germany
45,500,000
Dutch East Indies
42,000,000
Japan
38,000,000
United Kingdom
38,000,000
France
33,000,000
Italy
Population
Country
32,000,000
Austria-Hungary
31,000,000
Ottoman Empire
21,000,000
Spain
17,000,000
Brazil
12,000,000
Mexico
12,000,000
Korea
9,500,000
Burma
8,500,000
Northern Nigeria
8,000,000
Egypt
8,000,000
Philippines
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level 66
Aug 21, 2012
Is there supposed to be the population in the population column?
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level 76
Sep 5, 2013
this quiz is a bit strange. I mean... in some cases you represent portions of empires as their rough present-day nation-state equivalent, and only count population of the "home" country for that empire's core (India is counted as a single country even though it was part of the British Empire and comprised India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc); then in other cases you count the entire empire's population as that of a single country even though the empire extended into many modern nation states (Ottoman, Russian Empires). You put in Northern Nigeria but don't group it together with Southern Nigeria even though in other cases countries here are counted as a single unit when in 1900 they were similarly divided. On the other hand, other modern nation-states are left out like Vietnam because on the list you're working from those countries are divided into multiple parts (Tonking, Annam, and Cochin-China together had 15 million people).
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level 76
Sep 5, 2013
I know you were just working with the list available on Wikipedia but I think the quiz already published using the same data handled it a little bit better. Might as well leave the empires as empires rather than trying to break it up since there are issues with consistency if you do try to break them up. The Austro-Hungarian empire is another example. Why not just count Austria? If London doesn't get credit for it's possessions then why does Vienna get to count Serbia, Montenegro, and the other countries that made up its empire?

Cool quiz in spite of all this. Just a bit confusing. cheerio.
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