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Resources : Maps
Various online resources concerning maps and cartography.
Feel free to add new useful map resources you come across. Just be mindful to put them in the right section of this page. AH.com-developed resources should go under the upper section, resources from external sites should go in the lower section. A brief description of the external link's offer is welcomed too.
Thank you for any contributions.
Current Map Series
Maps and patches are classified separatly, along which basemap was used:
- QBAM Map Series by various people
- MBAM Map Series A work in progress base map that will be three times as large as the QBAM.
- VT-BAM Map Series A work in progress equirectangular base map that will be set at a resolution of 30 seconds to the pixel. It will eventually also include Robinson, Mollweide, and Winkel-Trippel maps at this same resolution.
- OTL Election Maps Database for various maps depicting historical election results across multiple countries.
Disused OTL Map Series
Map series that have fallen out of use on alternatehistory.com, either due to a lack of updates, incorrect maps, older base maps, or newer editions.
- Qazaq's UberBAMs(or Qazaq's UberBAM)-
- Europe WWII Map Series by Morgan Hauser, Chris S, and others -
- HRE Map Series by Thande, Boto von Ageduch and Alex Richards -
Other Map Resources
- Regional Blank Map Directory (older, but useful until we develop better regional blank maps)
- All the maps from the new OTL Maps Thread - Maps from the 500 to 2007 AD.
- Teleros' Imgur Map Gallery, for those who need ridiculously big maps.
On external sites
Atlas-historique.net in French
Cartographic Images images of about 1000 maps from 6000 BC to 1880 AD. Fairly extensive link section to other map sites.
Ancient Earth globe - A virtual globe, in which you can view the Earth in various eras of geological history.
Animated map of ice cover, lakes and sea levels during the last 35 000 years - Courtesy of the University of Tromsø.
Server for digital historical maps at the INSTITUTE OF EUROPEAN HISTORY - MAINZ (parts in German)
The Tacitus Historical Atlas (of Europe) - With a focus on the Romans, Franks, Habsburgs, Hohenzollerns, and Scandinavians, also found by Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy.
An atlas of East-Central European history covering the years 1763-1993 - Also found by Pervez. It's in Hungarian, so you'll need a translator. The antepenultimate chapter (1945-1989) can be found here (on the site it is mislinked).
The Old Map Company, they're trying to flog you copies of their maps but they do offer a good preview of the detailed maps of early 17th century England by John Speed.
MapFrappe.com - Allows one to create their own borders and drag the new country across the globe for size comparisons.
Downloadable military history atlases and maps - Available in .pdf and .gif format.
Historical maps of Nebraska Digitized collection of atlases published between 1850 and 1901.
WWII Military Situation Maps - This site contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe. Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified G-3 Report giving detailed information on troop positions. Also includes an interactive essay about the Battle of the Bulge.
UK Treaty Maps Database - From the archives of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
A really nice set of historical atlases - Currently kind of lacking in content (only covers Europe, Russia and China in the 20th century), but there's still enough of it in there to keep you occupied for a long time.
The David Rumsey Map Collection - To quote the site's founder : “The historical map collection has over 28,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.”
A historical atlas published in 1820 which gives a series of maps and overviews of different countries, statistics on their populations in 1820 and so on. Even timelines of history. Should be very useful for anyone doing a TL set in this period.
ETC's collection of historic maps - Historical maps database of the University of South Florida.
Worldmapper - A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.
3-D Starmaps - An attempt to assist science fiction fans and authors of science fiction novels who lack the knowledge to construct maps.
DiscusMedia's 1900 European Maps Collection - Collection of over 800 images of maps displaying the Old World as it looked like about 100 years ago. City maps, area maps.
FEEFHS Map Room - 50 detailed maps of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, the Balkans, and the Baltics from the 1882 Blackie and Sons atlas, all available at the site of the Federation of East European Family History Societies. The same site also includes a nice Genealogy Resource Directory.
Historical Maps of Finnish and Finno-Ugric People (1935) - Maps showing the history of the Finnish-related people of Russia. Includes maps of city locations, name changes, and much commentary.
Panoramic Maps Collection - The Panoramic Maps, 1847 - 1921, collection contains about 1,700 idealized schematic views of towns and cities; a wealth of detail in setting, streets, and buildings.
ERsys.com - Demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 1300 US cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts.
Rare Map Collection - The Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at the University of Georgia maintains a collection of about 800 historical maps spanning nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century.
50states.com - Blank Outline Maps - Printable blank outline map of each US State. Excellent homework helper.
Voyager Antique Maps - Dealer offering antique maps from the 16th to 18th centuries, specializing in maps of Asia.
Steve Bartrick Antique Prints and Maps - Features maps and prints. Located in the UK.
Maps By You - Customize U.S. maps of selected states for outdoor activities, with lakes, rivers, campgrounds, and places of interest.
Old-Maps.co.uk - Works more or less like Google Maps - only old maps of the regions in question (1870 to 1930 mostly) are used.
Old Ordnance Survey Maps - Scans of a selection of the Popular Edition (1920s and 30s), 1 inch to the mile, England and Wales, Ordnance Survey maps displayed using the Google Maps interface.
Old Maps - Maps of towns in England, Scotland and Wales as they were in the 1950s.
Francis Frith Collection - Photographs of 7,000 towns and villages taken between 1860 and 1970. Available as prints and in book collections. Thumbnail views, watermarked enlargements and ordering details.
Geopolitical maps of the 20th century - At the UK National Archives website.
Map of European Russia (1943 vintage) - 1: 2,500,000. Complete placenames and nicely visible railroads.
Global Gazetteer Version 2.2 : Directory of Cities and Towns in the World - A potentially useful research tool. This site combines various bit and pieces of info about many cities and towns (a few quite small) of pretty much every country in the world. It gives you a Google Map, locations of nearby towns, closest airports and even cloud cover and percipitation details.
Traveling Luck World Index - Another global geographic gazetteer. It, too, combines a lot of different pieces of info into one page.
Historical Maps of the Habsburg Empire - A highly detailed database site.
Tools for creating illustrated AH content - A collection of tutorials, resources and recommended software for creating artworks.
Flag Resources - A collection of useful resources for creating flags and other vexillological insignia.
Heraldry Resources - A collection of useful resources for creating coats of arms and other heraldic insignia.
Alternate History Media - An overview of various artwork threads on AH.com, for comparison and potential inspiration.