The Map Of Europe 1000 AD To Today

Via Barry Ritholtz, here’s a fun animation showing how the map of Europe has evolved over the past millennium:

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Herb says:

    That’s cool. I’d like to see one for the Americas during the same time period.

    And where are the dates?

  2. John Burgess says:

    Weird… two weeks ago, there was a map with dates and legends telling what major event was happening at that time. That video is no longer at YouTube. Instead, there this lower-res version, without the other data.

    The data was only marginally useful because it sped by so quickly. You had to pause the video to read what was going on. Perhaps it should have been slowed even further, to 10- or 15-minutes.

  3. PJ says:

    @John Burgess:
    Copyright infringement seems to be reason for why the other version is gone.

    And this version seems to infringe on the same copyright.

  4. DRS says:

    I’d like to see one for Asia. China’s growth alone would be impressive.

  5. Dave Schuler says:

    You used the right word, Doug: fun. The downside of the graphic is that it encourages the erroneous belief that modern states existed more than a few hundred years ago.

  6. Jeremy says:

    I don’t know what part of this I like more: the soundtrack, or the transformation of the so-called “Holy Roman Empire” into a crazy patchwork quilt.

    Ah, the Holy Roman Empire. Always good for laughs.

  7. Xenos says:

    @Jeremy: They even showed the pink Swedes under Gustave Adolfus sweep over much of the Holy Roman Empire, just to be swept right out again. Well done.