World map for the Cold War period (and beyond)

This map attempts to show all border changes during the Cold War period and beyond.

  • The changing boundaries of the international system are represented with a "lifetime" for each country, i.e. a start and end year.
  • To make sure that each country's changing borders are shown only once, the state of the borders at the end of each year (31/12/XXXX) is used.
  • For example, Germany was reunified on 3 October 1990 and consequently was already Germany at the end of 1990, so the previous states have an end date of 1989 and the new unified one has a start date of 1990.
  • It depicts core territories of the given states, and excludes colonies and other dependent territories. So, for many states the only change is their naming, usually after declarations of independence.
  • For example, Algeria achieved independence from France on 3 July 1962, so it is named as a French Colony until 1961, and as Algeria from 1962 onwards.
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