The borders of Europe have been static since the breakups of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, and the reunification of Germany, but look set to shift shortly, if the Duma in Moscow ratifies the stated desire of a Crimean majority to quit Ukraine for Russia. But a broader perspective, taking into account the past 1,000 years of European history, shows that change on the continent has been a near-constant.
Watch on Loiter.co as Centennia Historical Atlas software condenses Europe’s history into a 3 ½-minute video representing the shifting borders from A.D. 1,000 through 2003:
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