Europe: 10 Centuries in 5 Minutes

Here you have it. Europe, evolving from medieval times until today. We start circa 1000 A.D with the Holy Roman Empire and Moorish Spanish (otherwise known as Al-Andalus). Then comes the fracturing of medieval kingdoms and the rise of the Ottoman Empire off in the East, until everything starts to unify again. And, at long last, the map we all recognize today.

Note: The maps used in this video come from the Centennia Historical Atlas, which has been required reading for all beginning students at the US Naval Academy for the past decade. You can purchase & download the dynamic, interactive maps right here.

via The Map Room


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  • This video, uploaded by some Russian youtuber, is simple copyright violation. The maps and the animation were generated by MY atlas software: the “Centennia Historical Atlas” which covers the history of Europe and the Middle East from the year 1000AD through the present (the version used to compile the animation was released in 2001 I would guess).

    It may interest you to know that the “Centennia Historical Atlas” has been required reading at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis for some 15 years. The better part of a generation of officers in the USN have learned the basics of the history of Europe and the Middle East from these maps.

    Frank Reed, Owner and Head Cartographer
    Centennia Software

  • Dan Colman says:

    Frank,

    I didn’t know that the YouTube video was using copyrighted material here. I have sent you a note via email. In the meantime, I have updated the text to give your atlas proper attribution. Look forward to being in touch with you.

    Regards,
    Dan

  • Diana Issidorides says:

    Dear Open Culture,

    Could you please let me know which music is playing during Europe: 10 Centuries in 5 Minutes! It is mindblowingly beautiful.

    Thanks,

    Diana

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