So, in the course of my daily ramblings, I stumbled on this video on YouTube, titled, “World Battleground: 1000 Years of War in Five Minutes.” It is a time-condensed animation of battles laid over a world map, all set to Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Since the explosions are proportional to the number of casualties, you can guess that Europe just plain disappears under booms from 1939-1945.
It’s not perfect and seems very Euro-centric (for example, the Mongol invasion of Khwarezm circa 1220 which produced some horrific death tolls, doesn’t show), though the creator admits to taking the list of battles from an English-language Wikipedia article and says that may the source of the bias.
What was my take-away? Humans are very good at killing each other and that is not likely to change any time soon. Actually, that’s depressing. I think I need to lay down for a while.