- Publisher: World History Maps Inc. (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0978933915
- ISBN-13: 978-0978933913
- Package Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,146,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Interactive Historical Atlas of the World Since 500bce Multimedia CD – 2002
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Trace the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Watch the great Arab conquests unfold. See the ebb and flow of China and the Mongol explosion. View the rise and fall of Colonial Empires and the emergence of the Modern World. See what the World was like when one of your ancestors was born. This Interactive Historical Atlas on CD contains over 2500 individual maps, one for each year, of the entire world in true color SVG file format. These maps are interactive, scalable, and allow zooming and panning. Map layers can be turned on and off. Pop-up information is available for each country shown. The CD has an index page to allow for easy selection of maps, and a help page to assist in using the SVG format. Each map shows all countries of the world as they were at the beginning of each year.
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The maps are quite useful for giving a general idea of political history in different parts of the world in any given year. However quite a bit is missing and some of the information in the pop-ups is very strange. For example, although Galicia under the Suevi in NW Spain is shown on the map from 449 AD to 585 AD, which is accurate, the pop-up for Galicia shows 448 AD to 1199 AD which is inaccurate. The Russian principality of Galicia is on the map from 1142 AD to 1199 AD (accurate). The pop-up for the Russian Galicia, which has nothing to do with the Spanish Galicia, shows 448 AD to 1199 AD. Two different countries but one pop-up.
Something similar can be seen with the Jin Kingdom in the 5th Century BC during the Chinese Era of Warring States and the Jurchen Jin Dynasty of north China from 1117 AD to 1238 AD. They share a pop-up with the dates 771 BC to 1234 AD.
For a third example, the ancient Greek city state of Byzantium and the medieval Byzantine Empire share a pop-up showing continuous existence from 659 BC to 1453 AD.
Some important countries or peoples are just missing. For instance, although the maps show the growth of early Rome they never show the Etruscans or the Samnites.
The maps of Europe in the 4th and 5th Centuries AD do not show the Huns until 433 AD although they were active well before that date.
These are just a few examples. Despite this the maps are extremely informative as long as one is aware of their limitations. Most historical atlases show maps of only one part of the world at any given time but the maps on this CD give a good idea of what was happening everywhere at the same time.
This atlas is a great way to understand how borders of known states and empires fluctuated over the years. While the atlas lacks information on tribes and peoples who lived outside the major civilized areas, and I'm not overly excited about the way Nelson depicts areas with limited or conflicting information, I also understand the difficulty of showing borders that were in the process of collapsing.
Overall I give John Nelson's "Interactive Historical Atlas of the World Since 500bce" a very solid 5-star rating (excellent!).