Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Middle East Map Changes Through Time

The excellent website Maps of War has created a flash animated map which shows border changes in the Middle East region from the time of the ancient Egyptians to today. The lesson is that if one lives in a land bridge that links Europe, Asia, and Africa one should expect to be invaded frequently.

One of the most powerful borders over time change was during the ending credits of The Last Express. Set to a very sad piece of classical music, the background image of a map of Europe changed yearly from 1914 to 1997. With the closing words of "this silliness will be over soon; we will meet again" I was nearly overcome with emotion.

Category: Historical Geography, Maps

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