Historic Borders

With the tragic news unfolding daily in Europe, it’s an appropriate time to take stock of how we got here. I’ve always found that maps can be an excellent way to help visualize geo-political conflicts. I recently discovered this simple, but elegant website that allows users to see exactly how borders have shifted over the decades.

Historic Borders colorfully helps to visualize the seemingly arbitrary nature of national borders and how politics and war have reshaped the world. The app features a basic world map topped by a timeline slider. Just click on a date to discover the national boundaries of that time.


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3 Responses to Historic Borders

  1. margaret21 says:

    Reblogged this on From Pyrenees to Pennines and commented:
    Travel Between the Pages …. You Couldn’t Make It Up is a blog that always produces interesting, thought provoking, or just plain amusing content, This post fascinated me by showing the way in which our world map is in a state of constant flux. As it may be again …

  2. susanpoozan says:

    How very interesting, well discovered.

  3. margaret21 says:

    I reblogged this without asking you first: I hope you don’t mind. I found it fascinating and have spent quite a long time exploring this series of ever-changing maps.

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