This is from the Maps of War site, developed (somewhat mysteriously) by ” a Flash-Designer hobbyist and professional history- buff,” who hopes to help us “place today’s war headlines into a greater historical context.”
Not every map is as elaborate (or successful) as her/his “Imperial History” of the Middle East, but the Maps are a great idea and worth a visit now and again. (It did make me feel dumb, too. Who were the Sassanid or the Seljuk?)
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so.
I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com.
I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com