Atlas of world history

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Wikimedia Commons Atlas of the World

The Wikimedia Atlas of the World is an organized and commented collection of geographical, political and historical maps available at Wikimedia Commons.
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The introductions of the country, dependency and region entries are in the native languages and in English. The other introductions are in English.

Atlas of world history

Animated map from Pangaea to present
Laurasia and Gondwana
Development of the Earth
North American craton
The northern Iceshield
The northern continents during Pleistocene
Map of early human migrations, according to mitochondrial population genetics (numbers are millennia before the present)
The World in 2000 BCE
  • Red outline indicates areas of bronze working, c. 2000 BCE.
The World in 1000 BCE
  • Pink outline indicates area of bronze working, c. 1000 BCE.
  • Red outline indicates area of iron working, c. 1000 BCE.
The World in 500 BCE
The World in 323 BCE
Greek and Hellenized states and empires
The World in 200 BCE
Greek and Hellenized states and empires
World in 820
Eurasia before 1200
Empires in 1898
World War I (animated map):
Allied colonies, dominions, territories or occupied territory
Central powers
Central powers' colonies or occupied territory
Colonization in 1945
Belgian colonial empire
British colonial empire
Danish colonial empire
Dutch colonial empire
French colonial empire
German colonial empire
Italian colonial empire
Portuguese colonial empire
Russian empire
Spanish colonial empire
The Cold War (1959)
Communist expansion
The Cold War (1980)
The world in 1985
Second Cold War

Notes and references


General remarks:

  • The WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Atlas of the World is an organized and commented collection of geographical, political and historical maps available at Wikimedia Commons. The main page is therefore the portal to maps and cartography on Wikimedia. That page contains links to entries by country, continent and by topic as well as general notes and references.
  • Every entry has an introduction section in English. If other languages are native and/or official in an entity, introductions in other languages are added in separate sections. The text of the introduction(s) is based on the content of the Wikipedia encyclopedia. For sources of the introduction see therefore the Wikipedia entries linked to. The same goes for the texts in the history sections.
  • Historical maps are included in the continent, country and dependency entries.
  • The status of various entities is disputed. See the content for the entities concerned.
  • The maps of former countries that are more or less continued by a present-day country or had a territory included in only one or two countries are included in the atlas of the present-day country. For example the Ottoman Empire can be found in the Atlas of Turkey.

Entries available in the atlas

General pages
Continents and oceans
Historical eras
States with wide recognition
States with limited recognition
Dependencies and other overseas territories
Country subdivisions
China (mainland)
United Kingdom
United States
Disputed subnational territories
Other regions
Former sovereign states
Former dependencies and overseas territories
Former disputed territories