Is there a source for historical shapefiles of Europe in the modern era, i.e. starting ca. 1400?
I know that "where can I find historic border data" questions were asked multiple times but I couldn't find an answer to my specific question.
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You might georeferenece and digitize some old maps from here:
but don't expect too much accuracy.
Searching for a similar set, I stumbled across this resource:
However there's no projection info or .prj files, so it doesnt seem usable?
Direct link to the ThinkQuest downloads mentioned in other answers: http://web.archive.org/web/20080328104539/http://library.thinkquest.org:80/C006628/download.html
I recently found this website, though unfortunately the data is not free. It is also available from Stanford University, on the off-chance you're in some way affiliated with them or know someone who is. https://www.euratlas.net/shop/maps_gis/gis_1600.html
These replication files from Carter, Ying, and Abramson (APSR, 2022) have great data on historical European borders: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=doi:10.7910/DVN/5O3EOW