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Mar 16 2011

A New Way to Explore History

by Joseph M

I’m a total geek for maps and history, so when my brother showed me this nifty webpage I couldn’t help but think it was really cool. The concept is a collaborative effort utilizing a Google programming tool which combines Google Maps with dynamic scrolling timelines to create “timemaps”; The one mentioned at the beginning of this post describes World War II, but the site also has a timemap for the American Civil War, and one on the Napoleonic Wars is in the works. The events on the timeline have brief explanations as well as links to articles in Wikipedia which flesh out the material. You can read more about the project here.

These innovative learning tools are just one part of a website chiefly involved in mapping the exploits of the main characters in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey–Maturin series. I’m not personally familiar with the author’s work, but after exploring the maps I must admit that I’m becoming more interested. Luckily, the library has lots of O’Brian’s novels available for checkout, such as Master and Commander. We also have plenty of material about the various wars mentioned above, as well as conventional atlases to peruse. Embrace your inner history geek!

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hist. fiction fan March 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM

on the Aubrey-Maturin series(and the Richard Sharpe series) the books should be read in chronological order, which is I believe different from published ordered. I dont know how hard it would be, but maybe the card catalog could list the order in the description(ie 3rd of 13 or 5th of 10 in a series), and if they have room maybe list each book in the series with an asterisk beside the book.

But, both of those series are excellent and the library should have all the books.

Tom Horn March 20, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I am the author of the site. Thanks very much for your very kind words. These projects take up a huge amount of time, but hearing feedback like this keeps me motivated :).

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