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.

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

  • 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.



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