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Empires of the Middle East

Print Version September 28th, 2006

If you like animated maps of great swathes of history take a look at what’s been going on in the Middle East for the last 5000 years.

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6 Comments

  • 1. crystal  |  September 29th, 2006 at 2:54 am

    I think my browser’s too ancient to see it … do they they have a flip-book version? 🙂

  • 2. Rob  |  September 29th, 2006 at 7:40 am

    I can only see the Flash animation.

  • 3. crystal  |  September 29th, 2006 at 9:35 am

    just kidding

  • 4. Rob  |  September 29th, 2006 at 10:03 am

    D’oh! Was I being humourlessly literal? I mustn’t write comments when I’ve just woken up!

  • 5. Steve Bogner  |  September 29th, 2006 at 11:56 am

    Rob, that is a very interesting map! I’m going to show it to my kids (a great educational opportunity).

    The Crusades and colonialism have, in my opinion, created quite an obstacle between the Arab and Western cultures. In the US, we shed the colonialism roughly 200 years ago, but we didn’t become buddies with Britain overnight. When one considers the Middle-East’s very recent ascent out of colonialism, it’s easier to see how they might be suspicious and resentful towards the West. Plus, we haven’t done much to endear them to us since then…

  • 6. crystal  |  September 29th, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    Fixed my browser … it is interesting. I hadn’t realized how much Alexander had accomplished – no wonder Julius Caesar wept.


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