I am looking for border polygons from World War I (from 1914-1918). Is there a resource out there that maintains this kind of information?

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    Please provide more detail. What area of the world? I imagine that borders in Europe or Africa or Asia may be available, but from different sources. Also, I think you are likely to find paper maps that could be digitized as a good starting point. Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 21:24
  • @GetSpatial Country borders for Europe and the surrounding region would be very useful. In the context of the first World War.
    – aaronfarr
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 21:30
  • can you use rastermaps too or do you need to use vector-maps only?
    – Kurt
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 5:46
  • @kurt Vector would definitely be preferable
    – aaronfarr
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 20:59

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This may be what you're looking for:


  • Disclaimer can be found here: library.thinkquest.org/C006628/GIS.html
    – Rayner
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 16:34
  • This may also be useful: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/17137/…
    – Rayner
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 16:36
  • thanks for the link. This is an excellent resource for more than just 1914. It has a wide range shape files across many centuries. These do, however, seem rather rough as though hand drawn. Best option so far but perhaps there are more accurate ones out there?
    – aaronfarr
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 21:02

euroatlas has detailled shapefiles for europe 1900, unfortunately not free, but there is a free sample, so that you can check the quality of the data. infos and download of sample: http://shop.euratlas.com/maps_gis/gis_1900.html

the IEG-maps offer good raster-maps free for personal use: e.g. europe 1914 http://www.ieg-maps.uni-mainz.de/mapsp/mappEu914Serie1.htm and http://www.ieg-maps.uni-mainz.de/mapsp/mappEu914Serie2.htm. there are also more detailled maps for diffferent parts of europe, e.g. central-europe 1914 http://www.ieg-maps.uni-mainz.de/mapsp/map914ME.htm

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