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That video has been making the rounds, and it's fun. Parts I like: watching the Holy Roman Empire transform into the 1200, 1800, whatever number of states that made it up; the rise and fall of the Golden Horde; and the rise and fall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Friends I've known are always surprised to learn just how large and powerful the PLC was in the 17th Century since it seems to get rare mention in European history courses they've (and I've) taken.

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That video has been making the rounds, and it's fun. Parts I like: watching the Holy Roman Empire transform into the 1200, 1800, whatever number of states that made it up; the rise and fall of the Golden Horde; and the rise and fall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Friends I've known are always surprised to learn just how large and powerful the PLC was in the 17th Century since it seems to get rare mention in European history courses they've (and I've) taken.

 

It's pretty amazing to see the impact of Sweden on the map of Europe in the 1600s and early 1700s as well. Lots of real estate under the crown.

 

Venice, as well. Their holdings in the Balkans, Cyprus, Crete, the Levant, Turkey, etc were pretty impressive.

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