Explanation about the Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe - 1
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These maps are forming a historical atlas of a new kind. I did not seek to depict the crucial historical moments but to present the evolution of a continent. Thus it is a cartographic work describing with a regular frequency the countries of Europe over the centuries.

An atlas depicting history by periods
History is an uninterrupted string of insignificant events among which prominent facts sometimes emerge: wars, conquests, revolutions etc. It becomes possible to evaluate the influence of these important movements in the course of time, by comparing them to less determining periods, to "control years" in some way. The Periodical historical Atlas, describes the political status of the European continent at fixed intervals. It therefore represents a list of reference points and permits an appreciation of the real range of important items on the continuation of political changes. Henceforth, stress is put on the precise drawing of territories at one exact instant defined by an arbitrary periodicity, that is the first day of each centennial year.  
The notions taken into account are merely legal, literary or linguistic. I noted in English the official names of the states as they are known, and I distinguished the sovereign states, the semiautonomous entities, the parts of states and the administrative circumscriptions. When information was insufficient, usual names of groups or federations of populations only are indicated. The names of the cities are usually mentioned in local language but, on some maps, alternative forms are used too, in order to allow easier research.


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© Christos Nüssli 2002, www.euratlas.com

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