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Visual history of the Middle East

Maps of War has an outstanding visual overview of Middle Eastern history. See 5,000 years of history in 90 seconds, and be amazed by the vast number of massive empires that have existed since about 3,000 BCE. Click below to start the show:

What struck me in this presentation was how very recent the development of individual nation-states with set borders is in the region. It seems that for most of recorded history, the borders of the Middle East have shifted as swiftly as the desert sand.It is no wonder there is so much friction in this region.

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