A bit of a lull from WW2 to the breakup of the USSR but change and struggle is the constant. It passes your eyes at five years per second. Intriguing are the finely pixellated states where Germany now sits, unlike any other region. Their parochial granulation persisted for hundreds of years while surrounded by the pulsations of regional giants. Russia, so much in the news this week, isn't clearly an empire or even a country until recent times. Thanks to smalldeadanimals for the link.
Watch as 1000 years of European borders change (timelapse video) from TransferWise on Vimeo.