The cauldron of global violence

At a time when there are those who still insist that Western civilization is the preeminent source of global stability, two snapshots of the last 1,000 years help put things in perspective. First, an animation of Europe’s fluid borders should make it clear that the West has always been an amorphous concept that can only be loosely mapped onto geographic territory. Second, an animation of global conflict over the same period reveals Europe as the epicenter of global violence.

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