EARLIER: Via an anonymous Danish programmer comes this amazing map tracking the history of Europe from 1000 A.D. to 2003.
If you thought Europe was fractious now, this shows that Europe was literally fractured for hundreds of years.
Key areas to watch: “Russia” — which until 1800 was still pocked by various Khanates; “Germany,” which until the mid-19th century consisted of two dozen principalities; and “the Balkans,” which lose their independence in 1453 and do not regain it until the 20th century.
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