For anyone who’s a history buff and especially interested in European history (from about AD 1000 onward), this is an absolute must-see. The shifting borders of the European countries are mesmerizing, and the music doesn’t hurt the drama either.
I kept watching Poland come and go, and waiting for the Ottoman Empire to go and for the Soviet Union to appear. But really, every bit of this is fascinating.
Update: Apparently the original YouTube video posted below [and its even more fascinating slower, longer version] has been taken down. (I’ve minimized its size, but haven’t deleted it, because sometimes these taken-down videos reappear if problems get sorted out.) But the three-minute version, complete with dramatic music, is still around for the moment. It’s at the Huffington Post: Europe History Time Lapse Map Goes Viral.