1,000 Years Of European History In Under 4 Minutes

A reminder of just how much the borders of Europe have changed from the mid-12th Century to today:

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Doug Mataconis
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Comments

  1. PJ says:

    Something is quite wrong… Look at 1950…

    The software used to make this is the Centennia Historical Atlas. I recall the company not being very happy the last time this viral video made its rounds, things do seem to have changed, maybe it found out that the exposure led to more sales? Anyway, the company and the software deserve to be acknowledged which the video fails to do.

  2. bill says:

    Europe’s a great place to be from and a nice place to visit- wouldn’t wanna live there though.
    Wonder if they’ll be updating russia’s borders anytime soon?

  3. Jim R says:

    It seems to foul up a little around major wars…looks like Napoleon invaded Russia in 1805 and the Third Reich lasted until the late 1950’s.

    Very cool nonetheless.

  4. al-Ameda says:

    @bill:
    Europe’s a great place to be from and a nice place to visit- wouldn’t wanna live there though.
    Wonder if they’ll be updating russia’s borders anytime soon?
    Here’s my take on your take:
    Europe’s Texas is a great place to be from and a nice place (especially Austin) to visit– wouldn’t wanna live there though.
    Wonder if they’ll be updating russia’s borders seceding, as Rick Perry promised, any time soon?

    Full disclosure: I have many many relatives scattered in many towns and cities across the great state of Texas.

  5. dazedandconfused says:

    The dreaded Y-tube death by copyright violation….

  6. PJ says:

    @dazedandconfused:

    The dreaded Y-tube death by copyright violation….

    The site isn’t mentioned in the video, yet there is this:

    Note (March, 2014): Some downloads are temporarily hosted at ReedNavigation.com to balance bandwidth due to a viral video making the rounds. ReedNavigation.com is also owned by Centennia Software. Just click on either of the download links below, and your file will download from our alternate site automatically.

    The video means increased visits, more downloads, and most likely also more purchases. So what’s the response? To take down the video.

    Obviously the company is in its full rights to do so, but I can’t see it as a good business decision.

  7. Pinky says:

    Is the subtext here that it’s no big deal if Russia redraws the borders of Ukraine?

  8. bill says:

    @al-Ameda: the northeast is a great place to be from too! i like my european heritage- being white is great i guess. that they’ll turn on their friends & neighbors in a nano-second makes me kind of uneasy. i try to remind people of that when they start showering europe with all sorts of praise for how well they do some things over there. yin/yang- there’s always a price paid.

    i think rick meant “succeed”- he’s not much on charismatic speaking, like his predecessor.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @al-Ameda:

    Full disclosure: I have many many relatives scattered in many towns and cities across the not so great state of Texas.

    FTFY. For the record, I was born there and still have rather delusional relatives thinking it is a great place to live.

    @bill:

    i think rick meant “succeed”- he’s not much on charismatic speaking, like his predecessor.

    Hee hee. 😉

  10. James Pearce says:

    Someone needs to do this for the US. I think a lot of Americans wouldn’t even believe it.

  11. Over at http://www.runningreality.org we’re showing changing national borders, city growth, battles, armies, ships, battles, etc over time from 3000BC to today — literally any day in history. We’re a small project team, but as we get data filled in it shows the growth and evolution of human civilization. We’re working on filling in smaller nations from Europe’s history and also doing dynamic city maps for cities like London, Rome, and Athens.