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Posted on 2010.11.14 at 19:36
A video showing the changing borders in Europe- 1000 years in 5 minutes. This is just the kind of thing I like. Needs to show dates, but its also fun to geek out and get the dates from the big border changes.


Cleopatra Brimstone
paper_crystals at 2010-11-15 01:07 (UTC) (Link)
My major impressions from this video were:

Holy hell Britain and France have been around relatively undisturbed for a long time. (France changed around a lot but not until WW2 was there not a France.) Wow, central Europe (roughly where present day Germany is) was a clusterfuck for a LONG freaking time and I am even more impressed by the Ottoman Empire than I was before.
theonetruetiny at 2010-11-15 05:32 (UTC) (Link)
Germany and Italy were pretty much a bunch of loosely connected states for centuries. The Holy Roman Empire did pretty much nothing to unite them. If anything, it only made matters worse because the Emperor was basically elected and EVERYBODY wanted it to be them.

The Ottomans got as far west as Vienna TWICE before the Austrians sent them packing. In fact, in celebrating their victory over the Turks, the Viennese began to bake a pastry in the shape of the symbol on the Ottoman flag: the crescent moon. Then, one of their princesses, Maria Antonia took the tradition with her when she went off to France to become known as Marie Antoinette.
theservant at 2010-11-15 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
It's fun to look at Italy and Germany being all patchwork!
theonetruetiny at 2010-11-15 05:34 (UTC) (Link)
Heh. The only specific date I can pinpoint is May 29th, 1453. (the fall of Constantinople) It's at 1:37.

This thing is just frikkin' awesome.
theservant at 2010-11-15 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
It's fun to watch Poland get partitioned by the big three of the day. Maria Theresa of Austria protested, but as Frederick the Great of Prussia commented "She weeps, yet she still takes."
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