09 Apr

Visualising time

During the last few months, I’ve been tirelessly recording episodes for my (German) podcast Zeitsprung. Fellow historian, friend and podcast co-conspirator Daniel now created a great timeline to visualize the times we usually jump back to, as well as the geographical locations of the stories. The tool he used for that is called TimeMapper.

It’s a great way to put the stories we tell into a horizontal timeline. More often than not when studying or just reading historical material, it would be great to take a step back and take a look at where we’re actually at, who the people or events we might have read about before are to be found in that timeline.

Tim Urban of “What but Why” has done a rather formidable job explaining the advantages of being able to do that. He also created visuals, displaying¬†some of these connections in wildly informative ways in this blogpost.

Here’s the visualization for our podcast. You can always either come back to this posting or go to this dedicated URL to see what else we’ve covered and when it happened.

It’s interesting to see that the vast majorities of our stories take place after the 14th century. An indicator both of our interests and the fact that, well, primary sources for the period before that are either harder to come by or harder to parse. I’m quite sure though that in the future we’ll fill up these centuries quite nicely as well.

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