The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
Lets start with some great historical caricature maps of Europe (Click on the maps for a much bigger version and the source web site):
As for the Empires I'll just start with the Romans(section in pink) in year 1 and year 400:
In the year 800 version of the same map you can see the Moorish presence on Iberian Peninsula
Then you have the growth of the Ottoman Empire (purple), the Austrian and then Austro-Hungarian Empire (dark green) and the Russian empire (light green):
The post WWII Europe:
The caption reads more or less: Zone of western influence, Pro-western states not aligned in 1945, States benefiting from the Marshall Plan, Neutral states, Zones of Soviet influence. The situation of Finland is then described in more detail.
and how the EU maps onto that by year of membership, expected membership or, in the case of Turkey, membership negotiations:
Finally, Europe from a railway perspective - the way France is centered on Paris becomes quite apparent here (only major rail routes are on this map I couldn't find a more detailed map- maybe Dodo has some on hand for the next train blogging).
Click on the map for a much larger version
I have one on my wall, but found only two slightly better maps of mainlines on on the web - but, unlike your EuRailPass map, they at least show Eastern Europe and the routes rather than straight lines. (Here is the first [very big!], below the second, click image for large version.)
However, Trainspotting Bükkes has a nice and growing set of railway country maps and maps of some 'dense' regions that show all lines in each country/region, now only the Baltics, Belarus, Russia and the Caucasus still missing. (Incidentally, they were made by a French-Russian.)
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by Frank Schnittger - May 27 3 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 5 22 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 23 1 comment
by Oui - May 13 65 comments
by Carrie - Apr 30 7 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 273 comments
by Oui - May 2712 comments
by Oui - May 24
by Frank Schnittger - May 231 comment
by Oui - May 1365 comments
by Oui - May 910 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 522 comments
by Oui - May 449 comments
by Oui - May 312 comments
by Oui - May 29 comments
by gmoke - May 1
by Oui - Apr 30269 comments
by Carrie - Apr 307 comments
by Oui - Apr 2644 comments
by Oui - Apr 886 comments
by Oui - Mar 19143 comments