A couple of weeks ago, there was a high-def 11 minutes long video on Youtube with a time-lapse map of Europe from 1000 AD to 2003. It condensed a thousand years of history into a short and neat animation, somewhat akin to what Sid Meyer would've come up with if he had the patience to spend the million hours it must've taken to track 9000 border changes.
After it made its appearance on G+, it spread quickly and newspapers all over the world started writing about it. That same day, just before the clip went completely Kony from New York to Nepal, Centennial Software, who made the 3MB program the video was captured from, made Youtube remove the video. They could've gotten free advertising worth a train load of gold bars, but their boss decided to ride the copyright train instead. Here's him right here: http://i.imgur.com/PuBkZ.jpg
As a replacement, they put together and uploaded three short, horribly pixelated, unwatchable low resolution videos. Liveleak has a copy of the long HD version, but it's not much help because it's not possible to see the year ticker under their logo. As a result of these misfortunes, I've re-upped the original two HD clips to Youtube. They're unlisted and can't be found without the URLs below, so there's a chance they'll stay below the radar for a while. You can download them with keepvid.com
or Antbar. If you'd like to zoom in and explore areas in your own time, consider buying the program. Unsurprisingly, it has a quirky GUI, but it's very useful nonetheless. You can get it here: http://www.clockwk.com/p1.asp?x=1u
Short version, 3:24: Animated map 1/2
Full version, 11:02, with year/event tickers : Animated map 2/2
These videos cover the last 1000 years. I had a look around and found one that complements it nicely, save for a 4-500 year gap: Ancient Western Civilizations Timeline 3500BC-476AD