The Premium maps cover the histories of the different regions in more depth than the free maps do.
Whereas the free maps – world, regional or country – all fit into the same framework of key dates, the Premium maps trace the histories of empires, civilizations and countries on an event-by-event basis.
This means that Premium users can follow, say, the map of Europe as it evolves over time. They can see the countries of France, Germany or Spain taking shape, and even the frontiers of Europe – or Christendom, as it was known in the past – moving in and out at different periods.
Supporting information explains these changes: why they occurred, and what was their effect.
Let’s take another example in a little more detail.
The free maps of the ancient Middle East show the region at the key dates 1000 BCE and 500 BCE. In the five hundred year period in between, Israel has divided into two kingdoms, the rise and fall of both the Assyrian and Babylonian empires have taken place, and both Israelite kingdoms have been destroyed; the Jews have been sent into, and returned from, exile. None of this appears on the free maps; all appear on the Premium maps.
Other instances of big historical episodes which don’t appear on the free maps. but do (or will) on the Premium ones, are:
- Alexander the Great’s conquests
- the unification of China under the First Emperor
- the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire
- the voyages of Exploration and Discovery
- World War I
- the rise of Nazi Germany
- World War II
and much, much more.
We intend to cover a very broad range of topics: the growth of trade routes and cities, the spread of crops, technologies and diseases, the course of important wars, campaigns and battles, and so on.
Apart from such map sequences, we will include quizzes and testing units.
We are also planning new kinds of resources, all using visual engagement to help understand history. They will include infographics (one showing the rise of the Nazi party has already been created), interactive family trees (how did the Hapsburgs get to own so much territory?) and dynamic illustrations (for example on the growth of towns over time).
Finally, we plan to get YOU to be able to contribute, by developing an authoring system which will enable you or your students to create your own dynamic maps. This might be of your own locality, or an area of your choice.
Producing and publishing all this content will take time. But we have big plans for the Premium service, and we hope you join us on our journey.