Thursday, February 25, 2016

This animated map brilliantly demonstrates in just 3 minutes how much Europe has changed over the last 1,000 years

By: Adam Payne
Source: Business Insider
Date: Feb. 22, 2016, 5:11 AM

This simple but incredible clip brilliantly illustrates the changes Europe has experienced in the last millennium.

The video, created by LiveLeak, shows a map of Europe's borders changing in colour and layout in accordance with the continent's geopolitical developments from the year 1000 all the way to 2003.

The gif below shows a section that few today give much thought to: The fact that Germany didn't really exist until the late 1800s, and then suddenly takes over much of Northern Europe within a few decades:

The video manages to capture the changes the continent has experienced throughout the immense timeline — from the height of the Byzantine Empire to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Accompanied by the theme from Inception, it makes quite the watch.

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