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Europe- a millennia in ten minutes

An interesting movie is currently trending visualising the last thousand years of European history and conflict. Europe resembles a large game of Risk or Civilization. Such games typically end with a single large empire, whilst the dynamics of European history show the larger empires forming only fleetingly, soon to be dissolved by the re-emergence of persistent historic nations and peoples.

I’ll resist drawing any analogies with our current European crisis, only to say that after a millennia of conflict, we must be grateful for living in a period of relative peace!