The BBC’s “Civilisations”

The BBC’s Civilisations is a Flash-based interactive map that shows the rise and fall of empires and civilizations: select the cultures and the speed, press play, and watch the map change as the years go by. (I’m reminded of the movie at the end of the Civilization computer games.) The maps seem a little imprecise at times and there are occasional errors — Newfoundland is still British? — but it’s a beautiful concept.