Saturday, March 10, 2007

5000 Years of Middle Eastern History in 90 Seconds

Hi NewsHackers,

Here's another example of the truly unique information that is only available to the average person via the Internet. The link above is priceless. A true contextualizing of the middle eastern situation accomplished visually. Just remarkable! Edward Tufte, eat your heart out!

I received this link from a friend with the descriptive message that follows below. Don't let the site's title, MapsOfWar.com, put you off. The animated maps displayed there don't advocate war. They examine and display the political effects of historic wars.

The presentation's focus is on the impact of waves of colonial influence on Israel, but it also demonstrates how recent and historically unstable the whole region is. Makes one think about the transitory nature of all political governments.

The other presentations on the Maps of War site are pretty amazing, too. I sent the designer a fan note. ;-)

/Dick

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Many of you have galloped in places and trudged in others as you have read through the Old Testament. You have come across the Assyrians and the Babylonians and the Persians as they have swallowed parts of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. However, how does it all fit together and what is the timeline of all of this history? Well, today I came across a fantastic summary in the form of a "moving" map discussed in the latest edition of Biblical Archaelogy Review. King Sennacherib of Assyria, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, King Cyrus and Darius of Persia - all key players in the history of Israel (and therefore our history) are all represented by their empires on the website:
http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/EMPIRE17.swf
5000 years of history in 90 seconds.

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