Fly over a highly detailed map of Europe in year 1200 and discover every polity

History of Europe

Periodis Web - A Historical Atlas and Gazetteer of Europe from Year 1 to 2000

Year 2000

Europe in Year 2000

Year 1900

Europe in Year 1900

Year 1800

Europe in Year 1800

Year 1700

Europe in Year 1700

Year 1600

Europe in Year 1600

Year 1500

Europe in Year 1500

Year 1400

Europe in Year 1400

Year 1300

Europe in Year 1300

Year 1200

Europe in Year 1200

Year 1100

Europe in Year 1100

Year 1000

Europe in Year 1000

Year 900

Europe in Year 900

Year 800

Europe in Year 800

Year 700

Europe in Year 700

Year 600

Europe in Year 600

Year 500

Europe in Year 500

Year 400

Europe in Year 400

Year 300

Europe in Year 300

Year 200

Europe in Year 200

Year 100

Europe in Year 100

Year 1

Europe in Year 1

Detailed Regional Periodis Maps

Aegean Area

The Aegean Area

Apennine Peninsula

The Apennine Peninsula

The Iberian Peninsula

The Iberian Peninsula

Between Oder and Dnieper

Between Oder and Dnieper


Between Pyrenees and Rhine

Rhine-Oder Area

Between Rhine and Oder

Between Rhine and Rhône

Between Rhine and Rhône

Euratlas Historical Polities
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Sequential maps of the European cultural area

Euratlas Periodis Web shows the history of Europe through a sequence of 21 maps depicting the political situation at the end of each century.
Here, on the left, are 21 mini-maps giving access to 21 full maps and to 84 quarters of maps with more detailed views of the polities and main cities.
Moreover, each map offers a historical gazetteer. Thus you can highlight in red each sovereign state and in green each dependent entity. See the Map Legend for more details.

Navigation through the atlas is easy: on the left side, you simply need to choose a century for temporal navigation. French and German versions of this atlas are also provided and you can view them by clicking on the small flags at the top.
If you want to perform highly detailed searches, we recommand the program Euratlas Periodis Expert available by direct download, with a very high zoom level and a search index, or Euratlas Periodis Basic with a 6000 % zoom factor.
You may use the Euratlas images and maps, as they are available on the websites and, for educational or illustration purposes but you must mention the source in that way:
© 2010 C. Nussli, www No commercial use is allowed.

Periodis is a historical atlas of a new kind. We did not try to show the crucial historical moments but to outline the evolution of the European cultural area. Thus we have drawn with a regular frequency the countries of Europe over the centuries.

History by Periods
History is a continuous string of events among which prominent facts sometimes emerge: wars, conquests, revolutions etc. We can evaluate the influence of these important movements in the course of time, by comparing them to the normal periods, to the "control years" in some way. The Periodis 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. 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 legal, literary or linguistic. We noted in English the names of the states as they are known, and we distinguished the sovereign states, the semi-independent entities, the 1st - when existent - and 2nd level administrative divisions. When information was insufficient, usual names of groups or federations of populations only are indicated. The place-names are usually mentioned in local language but, sometimes, alternative forms are used too, in order to allow easier research.

Names of entities mentioned in the Periodis Historical Atlas are those officially used at the considered time. When the latter are not known or when sources are contradictory, we have applied the names mentionned by sources close to the depicted region and to the century of the map. In cases where such information isn't available, a short circumlocution names such an entity. For nomad populations, we have used the names by which those peoples were commonly described in the 20th century.