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The first Christian communities (1st century)

This map is part of a series of 17 animated maps showing History of Christianity. 4 are currently available online

Independence for India and Pakistan

Clement Attlee, the Labour Prime Minister who replaced Winston Churchill in July 1945, soon realised that independence for India was inevitable, but disagreements among the Indian politicians made the negotiations very difficult.

This map is part of a series of 14 animated maps showing Decolonization after 1945


The circumference of the Earth and the Route towards the West

In the 3rd century BCE, Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth with remarkable precision.

In later centuries, other Greek geographers, including the most famous of them all Ptolemy, suggested a much lower figure for the circumference for our planet.

This under-estimation was adopted by 15th century map-makers.

This map is part of a series of 16 animated maps showing The Age of Discovery (Part I)

Magellan’s voyage 1519-1522

The expedition led by Magellan was expected to sail as far as the Spice Islands to the west by sailing around the American continent.
It was financed by Spain, which hoped to gain access to these islands and their spices without crossing the Indian Ocean, then dominated by the Portuguese.

This map is part of a series of 16 animated maps showing The Age of Discovery (Part I)

Europe Plunges into War

After the assassination in Sarajevo, the system of military alliances precipitated Europe into war.

This map is part of a series of 19 animated maps showing the history of World War I from 1914 to 1918.

Westward Expansion (1790-1861)

The search for new territories to conquer and the need to defend its territory against attacks from other countries, the new American state quickly sought to extend its borders.

This map is part of a series of 14 animated maps showing the territorial history of the United States.

The Westward Trails

To fulfil the concept of Manifest Destiny, which encouraged the expansion of US territory to the Pacific Ocean, several transcontinental trails enabled settlers to move westward from the Missouri.

This map is part of a series of 14 animated maps showing the territorial history of the United States.

The Middle East at the Beginning of the 20th Century

The Arab Middle East caught between Ottoman domination and interference from European powers.

This map is part of a series of 19 animated maps showing the history of the Middle East since the beginning of the 20th century.

Europe at the time of the Congress of Vienna 1815 - 1848

During the Congress of Vienna, the four great victors (Austria, France, Russia and the United Kingdom) redrew the map of Europe and attempted to put an end to the period heralded by the French Revolution.

This map is part of a series of 21 animated maps showing the history of Europe during the 19th century from the Congress of Vienna to the onset of World War I in 1914.

Europe at the End of the First World War

Respect for the principle of nationalities and the maintenance of their power influenced the victors in redrawing European frontiers, confirmed by the various treaties signed in 1919-1920.

This map is part of a series of 19 animated maps showing the history of Europe from the end of World War I to the onset of World War II.

Europe from One Century to the Next: 1990-2005

Emancipation of the ex-communist democracies and the collapse of the USSR led to a tremendous geo-political evolution.

This map is part of a series of 16 animated maps showing the history of Europe from the end of the Second World War to the beginning of the 21st century.

The British Empire: Trading Routes and Construction

The United Kingdom’s unchallenged command of the seas played a major role in the development of its colonial empire.

This map is part of a series of 19 animated maps showing the second period of European colonial expansion from the early 19th century to the Second World War.

The War goes Global, June 1941 – end 1942

In Europe: Operation Barbarossa, June 1941. Siege of Leningrad, Germany and Italy declares war on the United States, Germany’s Russian campaign in 1942, Stalingrad,

In Asia: Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941, Japanese campaign in Southeast Asia. Air-sea battles: Coral Sea, Midway, US landing at Guadalcanal.

This map is part of a series of 15 animated maps showing the history of World War II from 1939 to 1945.

The Final Solution (The Holocaust, The Shoah)

Radical anti-Semitism promoted by Hitler and his regime.

The Polish ghettos, Massacres by the Einsatzgruppen; the extermination camps: Sobibor, Majdanek, Belzec, Chelmno and Auschwitz-Birkenau; the Wansee Conference; between 5 and 6 million European Jews killed between September 1939 and May 1945.

This map is part of a series of 15 animated maps showing the history of World War II from 1939 to 1945.

The evolving Greek world

The Greek world was an ever-changing geographical reality throughout three million years before Christ. The first settlements in the Cyclades and Crete and later on both sides of the Aegean Sea, colonization along the Mediterranean coast and around the Black Sea, the immense empire created by Alexander the Great.

Divided by internal dissension, the Hellenistic world was gradually absorbed into the Roman Empire, though Greek culture continued to develop throughout the Mediterranean Basin.

This map is part of a series of 16 animated maps showing the history of Ancient Greece.

Athenian Democracy

In 508-507, the Cleisthene reforms established the framework for democracy, thanks to the creation of an egalitarian civic space.
These reforms were intended to create new bonds between citizens living in the various regions in Attica and break down traditional clanic and family relationships.

During the following decades, victories in the battles of Marathon and Salamina over the Persians reinforced the prestige of Athenian democracy.

This map is part of a series of 16 animated maps showing the history of Ancient Greece.

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List of our 190 animated maps

Decolonisation after 1945 : Colonial world dominance in 1939 - World War II undermines the colonial system - Accelerated decolonization after 1945 - Independence for India and Pakistan - Independence for Burma, Ceylon and Malaysia - Independence for the Indonesian Archipelago - Independence for Indochina - Independence for Italy's African colonies - Decolonization of the United Kingdom's territories in Africa - Decolonization of North Africa by France - Decolonization of French black Africa -Independence for Belgium's African colonies - Independence for Portugal's African colonies - Independence for Spain's African territories
The Age of Discovery (Part I) : North Atlantic sailings prior to Christopher Columbus - The travels of Marco Polo - The voyages of Ibn Battuta (1325-1355) - The maritime expeditions of Zheng He - Trade in the Indian Ocean in the 15th century - Portuguese Exploration of the African coastline - Vasco da Gama's voyage (1497-1498) - The voyage of Pêro da Covilha  - Portuguese Volta (The 'Loop') - Portuguese expansion in the Indian Ocean - The Treaties of Tordesillas (1494) and Saragossa (1529) - The circumference of the earth and the Route towards the West - Christopher Columbus' first voyage (1492-1493) - Christopher Columbus' three subsequent voyages - The first explorations in the New World - Magellan's voyage (1519-1522)
Ancient Greece : The evolving Greek world - Geography of Greece - Migration and languages - Colonization - The Hellenistic kingdoms - The Greeks and War - The Greco-Persian Wars - The Peloponnesian War - The conquests of Alexander the Great - Conflicts with Rome – Mycenae - A Greek city-state: Athens – Athenian Democracy - The temples - The Pan-Hellenic sanctuaries - Alexandria: A Hellenistic City
The United-States : a territorial history : Birth of the United States  - The War of Independence - Westward Expansion (1790-1861) - Admission of New States and the Slavery Issue - The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) - The Northern Frontier and the Oregon Territory - The Westward Trails - The Indian Removal Programme - Texan Independence - Reconstruction and the End of the "Frontier" - The Transcontinental Railroad  - Immigration and the 'Melting Pot' - The Plains Indians - The Lure of Imperialism
Europe and nations, 1815-1914 : Europe at the time of the Congress of Vienna (1815-1848) - Independence of Greece - Independence of Belgium - The Polish Question - Serbian Autonomy - The Triumph of Nationalities (1848-1871) - Unification of Germany - The Affair of the Duchies - Annexation of Alsace and Lorraine - Unification of Italy - The Roman Question - Austria-Hungary 1867 - The Crimean War - Towards the Clash of Nations (1871-1914) - Independence of the Balkan Peoples - Independence of Norway - The Irish Question - Expansion of the Russian Empire after 1815 - Europe's Colonial Empires in 1914 - National Minorities in 1914 - The Ottoman Empire: Expansion and Retreat - Outbreak of the First World War
Europe and nations, 1918-1942 : Europe at the end of the First World War - Germany and the Treaty of Versailles - The Fate of Austria and Hungary - The Fate of Bulgaria - Independence for Finland - Independence for the Baltic Countries - Europe in the 1920s - The Irish Question - Greek-Turkish Relations between 1920 and 1923 - Authoritarian Regimes in the 1920s - Reconstituted Poland - Czechoslovakia: A Multinational State - Yugoslavia: A Multinational State - New Crises (1929-1942) - Spain: Republicanism and Civil War, (1931-1939) - France: From the Third Republic to the Vichy Regime - Dismantlement of Czechoslovakia (1938-1939) - Poland Conquered and Dismantled (1939-1941) - Italy in the 1930s
Europe and nations, 1945-2005 : Europe at the End of the War - USSR expands its Territory after the War - Occupied Germany and Divided Germany - Italian Unity under Threat (1945-1948) - Poland: New Frontiers (1945-1947) - A Defeated Hungary Converted to Communism (1945-1948) - Europe and the Cold War (1947-1991) - The Marshall Plan and Comecon - Military Alliances in Europe - Crises in Eastern Europe - Yugoslavia: From Unity to Disunity - Cyprus: Independence and Partition – Europe from One century to the next: (1990-2005) - The Collapse of the USSR - Wars in ex-Yugoslavia - European Union: Integration by Increments
The Middle East since the beginning of the 20th century : The Middle East at the beginning of the 20th century - Egypt after Napoleon's Expedition - The Ottoman Empire: Expansion and Retreat - The First World War and the Treaties (1914-1920) - The Sykes-Picot Agreement - France and Great Britain in the Middle East (1920-1945) - British Mandate for Palestine - Creation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Ibn Saud - Creation of Great Lebanon - Arab Plans for Unity: "Greater Syria" and the "Fertile Crescent" - The Middle East from 1945 to the Present Day - Failure of the Partition Plan -Continuation of the Israeli-Arab Conflict - Continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - The Colonies - The Arab Cold War - War in the Lebanon (1975-1989( - War in Iraq (1980-2003) - Oil in the Middle East
Europe's colonial expansion, 1820-1939 : European Imperialism in the 19th Century - Emigration of Europeans to the Far Corners of the World - The British Empire: Trading routes and Construction - The British Empire: Statutes and Administration - France and its Colonies - The Conquest of Algeria - Algeria: Colonization and Settlement - Conquest of Africa: a period of incubation - Conquest of Africa: The Scramble for Territory - Exploring Africa - Resistance and Uprisings in the African Sahel - European Expansion in the Far East, (1820-1860) - European Expansion in the Far East (1860-1939) - The British Empire in India - Conquest and resistance in French Indochina - Imperial Competition in Central and Eastern Asia (c. 1860-1914) - Dividing up the Middle East - Egypt after Napoleon's Expedition - French and British Mandates in the Middle-East
The First World War, 1914-1918 : Europe plunges into war - The German and French Plans - Towards the Clash of Nations (1871-1914) - Independence of the Balkan Peoples - The Offensives of 1914 - The Battle of the Marne - 1915 The multiplication of fronts - The Dardanelles Campaign - Serbia's Defeat 1915 - 1916 The War of Attrition - The Battle of Verdun - The Battle of the Somme - The Year 1917 - Submarine Warfare - The Battle of Caporetto - Goals of War and Failure of a Negotiated Peace - 1918 the Last Quarter Hour - The Last Hundred Days on the Western Front - The Balkan Front September-November 1918 - Europe at the End of the First World War
The Second World War, 1939-1945 : Moving towards War - War in Europe (1939-1941) - The Blitzkrieg - The Battle of Britain July-November 1940 - The War goes global (June 1941-end 1942) - German Europe in 1942 - Asia: Japanese Power in 1942 - The Turning Point (autumn 1942 to end 1943) - The Battle of the Atlantic - Allied Victory (1944-1945) – The Final Solution (the Holocaust the Shoah) - The D-Day Landings and the Battle for Normandy - Military Operations in Asia (1944-1945) - Major International Conferences - Allied Decisions after the War

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