I do love a good map, and a map that changes over time is even more exciting. Today I’ve got a video for you (from the youtube channel Cottereau) that shows 2400 years of European history in terms of territorial boundaries, transforming before your eyes in a matter of minutes. Don’t get distracted by the stirring soundtrack–some of the changes in territory happen really quickly–Wait, what happened to the Byzantine Empire? That’s all there is left? There’s a lot to take in. I wondered if I should feel sheepish about not having heard of the Seleucid Empire before (by no means the only new name I saw), but decided instead to own my ignorance, and keep my eyes open.
Nick Routley at the Visual Capitalist does a nice write-up of nine major turning points to watch for. I didn’t look them over until after I’d watched the video, but reading through them first would let you anticipate the big shifts.
If you’re interested in other cool maps from the archives, there are several to choose from, including these: The real size of Africa, Shapely foods, Virginia is for Bolivia Lovers, Languages of Spain, Dialect touring, Hot brown and pretzel jello.
[Images: wallpapercave.com, Loquita]