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The CENTENNIA Historical Atlas

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 Recent Additions and Changes:
  • German and Greek language editions included at no extra charge.
  • Centennia Nations Edition for Windows.
  • Centennia Nations Edition for Mac OS X.
  • Added review by Prof. Charles Ingrao.
  • EU focus (for example, see the EU in 2008).
  • Shipped copies now on USB flash drive or CD-ROM.
  • Available at amazon.com on CD or USB.
  • Read about Frank Reed, the creator and head cartographer of Centennia and also Neil deGrasse Tyson's own expert in celestial navigation.
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Centennia: displaying southeast Europe in 1999.
CENTENNIA is a map-based guide to the history of Europe and the Middle East from the beginning of the 11th century to the present. It is a dynamic, animated historical atlas including over 9,000 border changes. The map controls evolve the map forward or backward in time bringing the static map to life. Our maps display every major war and territorial conflict displaying the status of each region at intervals of a tenth of a year. The maps reflect actual "power on the ground" rather than internationally-sanctioned or "recognized" borders.
From Kevin Kelly's review of Centennia which was published in the Whole Earth Catalog:
"As a kid I dreamed of maps that would move; I got what I wanted in Centennia. This colorful political map of Europe and the Mid-East redraws itself at yearly intervals from the year 1000 to present. It's a living map, an atlas with the dimension of time. I can zoom around history, pause at particular dates, or simply watch how nations melt away, or disintegrate into tiny fragements, or unite! Year by year the outlines of tribes and nations spread, retreat, and reform almost as if they were tides or infections. The resolution of detail (almost at the "county" level) is astounding; the breadth of time (ten centuries) thrilling. It rewards hours and hours of study."

Kevin Kelly is editor-at-large and co-founder of "Wired" magazine and one of the board members of the Long Now Foundation, devoted to thinking on a millennial timescale.

The Centennia Historical Atlas was required reading for all beginning students at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis for over twelve years. Over 1150 copies have been purchased annually for all prospective naval officers at Annapolis. The software serves as a visual introduction to Western History from a cartographic perspective. Centennia is also licensed by hundreds of secondary schools, colleges, and universities worldwide. Current editions of the Centennia Atlas include text in Greek and German, as well as English (to change language while running Centennia, on your keyboard, hit "D" for German (Deutsche), "L" for Greek (ELLenika), or "E" for English.

Individual home users also purchase the Centennia Historical Atlas. It's ideal for anyone who loves maps and history, and it's also popular among genealogy enthusiasts. There's no easier way to get a long-time-scale perspective on the history of the regions of Europe and the Middle East than by watching the borders shift back and forth in Centennia.

Professor Charles Ingrao, Purdue University wrote:

The Centennia Atlas offers an instant antidote to the problem of changing frontiers. It permits you to view any part of Europe, North Africa or the Levant from A.D. 1000 to [the present]. You can also go forward (or backward) in time, which permits you to see the map change in five-week intervals for the period and region of your choice. Centennia also provides a "historical gazette" and glossary of names/places that students might find useful. It even traces the changing battlefronts between countries in wartime, so you can follow the inexorable march and retreat of the Austrian armies in the Balkans and elsewhere. I was most impressed by the developer's incredible eye for detail, which was more precise (and often more accurate) than Magocsi's new Historical Atlas of East Central Europe. Centennia is no less precise for Germany...

Centennia Historical Atlas software, available on CD or USB or by download.

CENTENNIA covers in detail the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Hundred Years War, the Mongol invasions, the Napoleonic Wars, the Unification of Italy and Germany, the First World War, the Rise of Nazi Germany, the Arab-Israeli wars, and even recent events like the collapse of the USSR, the wars of the former Yugoslavia, and the Chechen wars.

Some video samples from the Centennia Historical Atlas:

Official youtube video. Official youtube video. Official youtube video.

Some earlier non-official versions created using the Centennia Historical Atlas appeared under the titles "Ten centuries in five minutes", "Epic time-lapse of Europe", and "European time-lapse map".

Centennia: displaying Provence, northern Italy, and the Republic of Venice in 1470

The Centennia Historical Atlas software runs under Apple Macintosh OSX (macos 10.5 or above), as well as Microsoft Windows (10/8/7 etc.). The app requires 20 megabytes of hard disk space and 40 megabytes of memory. Centennia does not have any other significant system requirements, and it will run well on almost any computer manufactured in the past ten years.

Centennia: displaying Italy and the Balkans in 1789.

The lastest version of the Centennia Historical Atlas: Nations Edition is available at no charge. It covers the 150-year period from 1789 to 1939: from the beginning of the French Revolution through the Napoleonic Wars, the revolutions of the mid-19th century, the unifications that led to the creation of the modern nation-states of Germany and Italy, the wars of liberation in the Balkans in the early 20th century, the First World War, the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the creation of the modern map of the post-colonial Near East, the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, the rise of Nazi Germany, and the events leading to the Second World War. All of the data, maps, and text for the complete edition of the Centennia Historical Atlas covering the ten-century period from the year 1000AD to the present are included in the app and can be accessed by entering a license code (available for purchase).

Watch a short video guide to the Centennia Historical Atlas software. This video was created by Legacy Family Tree, one of our (former) dealers. Play an audio/video guide to the Centennia Historical Atlas.

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