Mapping The International System, 1886-2017: The CShapes 2.0 Dataset

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
Journal of Conflict Resolution (Under Review).
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 extends it in two main 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.
Schvitz, Guy, Seraina Rüegger, Luc Girardin, Lars-Erik Cederman, Nils Weidmann, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. 2020. “Mapping The International System, 1886-2017: The CShapes 2.0 Dataset.” Journal of Conflict Resolution (Under Review).
@article{cshapes-2,
   abstract = {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 extends it in two main 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.},
   author = {Schvitz, Guy and R{\"{u}}egger, Seraina and Girardin, Luc and Cederman, Lars-Erik and Weidmann, Nils and Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede},
   journal = {Journal of Conflict Resolution (Under Review)},
   title = {{Mapping The International System, 1886-2017: The CShapes 2.0 Dataset}},
   url = {https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract{\_}id=3610680},
   year = {2020}
}