Wednesday, June 20, 2012

History Lessons Brought to Life by "Maps of War"

What if you could learn about the spread of world religions throughout the world's history in only 90 seconds? The website Maps of War may not impart all of the details as religions ebbed and flowed across the world during the last 5,000 years, but it does an impressive job of showing how ideas spread.

Maps of War features many different maps showing both historic and current events and trends. Students can watch democracy spread across the globe, see the Middle East change hands (again and again and again), check out the way the Western Front wavered its way around Europe during World War I, and see firsthand how troops have moved through Iraq over the past few years. 

Maps of War will suck in history buffs, cartophiles, and reluctant students who just can't fathom why anyone should bother studying history. 

Watch the presentation embedded below for an example of how Maps of War can help bring history to life.

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