Saturday, April 24, 2010

Maps of War: Korea

Okay so not exactly.

I enjoy Maps of War's few but very easy-on-the-eyes flash presentations. Of notable mention is the History of Religion and the Imperial History of the Middle East. However, I always thought to myself it would be a pipe dream to have a Korean map on the site. Judging by the lack of recent updates and the "©2006" at the bottom of the site, it looked like the site is down for the count. Well, I didn't find the exact same thing but pretty close. It's not perfect; it has some empty portions that plead for you to fast forward only to find yourself overwhelmed by twenty events happening all within a year or two. It's not the smoothest ride but for being eight years old, it's not a bad presentation. This animated map spanning from 200CE to 1000CE is awesome and deserves some credit. Sit back and enjoy.

TimeMap is an open-source software that functions very similar to the maps seen at Maps of War. The particular TimeMap being mentioned was created under a joint project by the University of Sydney and the National Institute of Korean History. I would love to get my hands on more if they exist. Also of note are other animated maps on the Chinese Dynasties, the Mongolian Empire and the like. Make sure to browse the sample gallery for more. To learn more about TimeMap, check out their pdf brochure on how to get the most out of the software.


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