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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:

http://www.wildernis.eu/chart-room/

but don't expect too much accuracy.

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Searching for a similar set, I stumbled across this resource:

https://github.com/interactivethings/historical-world-atlas

However there's no projection info or .prj files, so it doesnt seem usable?

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  • This is the ThinkQuest library re-uplodade
    – G M
    Jan 20, 2022 at 11:21
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Unfortunately, ThinkQuest has been discontinued as of 1st July 2013. However, their data has been archived, most of which should be available from the ThinkQuest Library.

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Direct link to the ThinkQuest downloads mentioned in other answers: http://web.archive.org/web/20080328104539/http://library.thinkquest.org:80/C006628/download.html

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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

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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

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https://github.com/aourednik/historical-basemaps/ Direct link to this dataset on github, with links leading to other resources as well

https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=doi:10.7910/DVN/5O3EOW This data seems to be not available anymore. Any alternative or backup of the data set to be found?

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