In his presentation at Pop!Tech 2007, futurist Juan Enriquez weaves a fascinating and cautionary tale about how countries and borders (and even gods) change and disappear over history, sometimes very quickly.

He warns that the US is not immune.

Although there is an audio version, you’ll want to watch the video since Enriquez makes great use of visuals in making his point.

You may also want to download the Flash animation Imperial History, a striking visualization of how control of the Middle East has changed over 3000 years, and which he includes in the talk.

Enriquez offers some provocative ideas that high school history and government students need to watch and discuss.

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