The history of Europe for over the last 2,400 years pertains to a multifarious geopolitical scope with the balance of powers being shifted throughout time-frames small and big. For example, while the Roman Empire held its massive sway over most parts the continent in the first centuries of the common era, the Huns joined the fray of dominating the European lands only for a few decades. Similarly, cultural combinations led the groundwork for the establishment of future kingdoms and nations, like the Frankish Empire which connected and ‘preserved’ remnants of the Western European realms by the 9th century, ultimately giving birth to states like France, Germany, Italy and (medieval) Burgundy. The following time-lapse animation, concocted by YouTuber Cottereau, aptly presents such a string of fascinating events mirrored by the ever-changing geographical extent and the variant population of the various European political entities from 400 BC to 2017 AD every year.
Now it should be noted that the video presents a ‘simplistic’ overview of many of the European realms. One of the examples would obviously pertain to the beginning segment of the animation where only the Roman Empire (with its changing aspects) is more-or-less solely showcased till 396 AD, thus leaving out the complex Germanic and other political entities. Nevertheless, the nifty time-lapse factor provides us with the incredible ambit of how the macro geopolitical scenarios played out over the centuries, especially with the changing dynamics of the population (and thus power). Simply put, we raise our hats to the creators who have managed to painstakingly include ‘most’ of the realms of Europe and their territorial changes and evolution for every year from 400 BC to 2017 AD.
And in case you are interested in an even greater historical extent of Europe, from its ‘formative’ years in the Bronze Age, all the way through kingdoms of antiquity and middle ages to our modern era. you can take a gander at the time-lapse animation made by YouTuber extraordinaire EmperorTigerstar.
As we discussed in one of our previous articles on the above video –
It should be noted that while the animation starts off from the 3650 BC mark (corresponding to the early Minoan civilization), due to lack of pertinent conventional knowledge on the geographical domains of various tribal cultures of northern and western Europe in pre-Bronze Age, the timelapse jumps off to 1600 BC – with the flowering of the mighty Mycenaeans. In any case, as a history aficionado, one should check out the numerous details painstakingly put forth by the animation creator, along with both the right sidebar and upper-left corner of the time-lapse video. In essence, the right sidebar showcases the political entities (and notes), while the upper-left corners document the contemporary wars and conflicts that played their part in defining such states.