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Mapping the International System, 1886-2019: The CShapes 2.0 Dataset

Schvitz, Guy and Girardin, Luc and Rüegger, Seraina and Weidmann, Nils B and Cederman, Lars-Erik and Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede (2022) 'Mapping the International System, 1886-2019: The CShapes 2.0 Dataset.' Journal of Conflict Resolution, 66 (1). pp. 144-161. ISSN 0022-0027

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This article introduces CShapes 2.0, a GIS dataset that maps the borders of states and dependent territories from 1886 through 2019. Our dataset builds on the previous CShapes dataset and improves it in two ways. First, it extends temporal coverage from 1946 back to the year 1886, which followed the Berlin Conference on the partition of Africa. Second, the new dataset is no longer limited to independent states, but also maps the borders of colonies and other dependencies, thereby providing near complete global coverage of political units throughout recent history. This article explains the coding procedure, provides a preview of the dataset and presents three illustrative applications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: GIS; borders; territorial change; geography; spatial data
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2021 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:17

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