Here’s a site that I’ve only just discovered: The Map as History ~ animated and narrated maps (in English and French) for a better understanding of history. It claims to be: The largest on-line collection of animated historical maps
- For students: a learning tool to increase comprehension and retention
- For teachers: a ready-made teaching tool to add visual impact in the classroom
- For history buffs: new technology to add new perspectives
It certainly is useful as an introduction to the development of European and Middle Eastern states, USA, colonialism, de-colonialism and for an understanding of current inter-state tensions across the world.
My personal favorite is:Europe at the time of the Congress of Vienna 1815 – 1848. This Congress saw the four great victors after the defeat of Napoleon and the international ideals of the French Revolution (Austria, France, Russia and the UK) redrawing the map of Europe. Enjoy your explorations!