Watch the map of Europe change from 1000 A.D. to the present…in 3 minutes, 24 seconds! [video]

1000 years of European history in three minutes

This amazing video showing the changes in the map of Europe for the last 1,013 years was posted a year ago at LiveLeak (here is the original post), and I can’t believe I didn’t know about it until now. This is one of those great tools of history teaching that only modern computers and the Internet can provide. I put this in the same category as the animated version of the Bayeaux tapestry.

As the colors flicker and fly by on this map, you can see spurts of activity that correspond with some of the big events in European history–the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Hundred Years’ War, the unification of Germany and Italy in the 1860s and 1870s, the two world wars and the fall of Communism. You could pause this video at any point and talk about what was going on…

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