World HistoryMarch 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Economoney, History, Media, Software | 1 Comment
We’ve all learned something of world history in school, of the empires built up and fallen. But the degree of change over the years, largely though conflict and war, is far greater than the larger conquests. Many an area became organized then collapsed as an entity or was absorbed by a neighbour. Names changed many times. The World Wars brought distant governments dividing communities in non-historical ways, leading to many of the conflicts of more recent years, like Iraq, Eastern Europe and the Crimea.
“The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance.”
– Paul Johnson
Here’s a site with world maps, showing Europe and area around 1 CE (AD). Click up the list on the left to see it evolve. The Historical Maps link up top also has links to Middle East and World History.
If you’d prefer to see this animated, this video shows the evolving map from 1000 BC – 1000 AD.
And this from 1000 AD to the present time. Evidently its the output from Centennia software but the dates are not properly synced to the maps. Comments also complain about some details in the maps. However, the point is the larger flow of territory and rulership. History is written by the conquerors.
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
– George Santayana
I can also note that territory naming often does not represent what that country called itself. Japan, for example, does not call itself that. That’s not even an Anglicized version. Rude, or what?
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”
– Aldous Huxley
It certainly gives perspective on claims of “historical lands” too. The new trend in searching ancestry via personal genetic testing reveals it’s not your land and my land but our land.