We've been busy uploading new maps, which have taken us on a fascinating journey of discovery from Germany under the Third Reich, to medieval France, colonial Canada and Palestine at the time of Jesus. We may be locked down at the moment, but our imaginations are roaming free!
Greater Germany 1942
Our newest upload looks at the situation in Europe in 1942, when the borders of Greater Germany had extended to include Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia and Poland. Elsewhere, much of the continent was occupied, and under military or civil administrations. In the east, the occupied territories, or 'Reichkommissariats', were subject to economic exploitation and seen as sources of slave labour.
Palestine at the Time of Jesus
At the time of the death of King Herod in 4 BCE his kingdom was divided between his three sons. Jerusalem and Judaea were ruled by the ineffective Archelaeus, who proved incapable of dealing with his Jewish subjects, and in 4 CE the Romans brought the province of Judaea under their direct control. Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, which was ruled by another of Herod's sons, Antipas. Herod's third son, Philip, ruled the area to the north and east of the Jordan.

New Views of French History

These two new maps span 500 years of French history. In the 12th century the Angevin Empire, ruled over by England's King Henry II, expanded and acquired territory through inheritance and judicious marriages. By the mid-17th century adventurous French settlers had established the colony of New France in Canada, explored the St Lawrence River and Great Lakes region, and were beginning to reap the rewards of the lucrative fur trade.

Our Latest Blog: The Congress of Vienna

The Congress of Vienna (1815) convened to map the borders of post-Napoleonic Europe and prevent the rebuilding of a strong France. The delegates created a new map of Europe, which included: the Republic of Cracow, controlled by Russia, Prussia and Austria;  a new border of the Netherlands which formed a buffer zone with France; and a German confederation of 39 states. The Congress was the first attempt to build a continent-wide order in Europe based on cooperation between the states.

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