I have no idea whether the Assembly of European Regions does anything else useful, but its website offers this map. Will open in a separate tab.
For some reason, maps, pace Google, still haven’t made it on the web. Why not? If anyone can point to a single good, comprehensive atlas (I don’t count Microsoft’s efforts), let alone historical atlas, I’d like to know.
Perry-Castañeda at Austin only offers scans, nothing Internet-native. The CIA World Factbook maps are clear pdfs, but rudimentary. One used to see maps from a company called Magellan in Santa Barbara. They were simple and often inaccurate gifs. Most maps on the web are amateur creations. A fortiori there are few historical maps. Where are the rich maps of Catalonian or Tamil or Thai history and culture? I may be missing something.
It’s exciting to see Europe as a mosaic of regions, even if some of them have been rather unhistorically renamed. (I did a post recently on Graubünden.)
As industry gets more and more sophisticated, and lighter and lighter, can’t Europe redeploy itself away from megacities and back into its regions and smaller towns? Where a more delicate, eighteenth-century balance between Man and nature is possible?
Europe’s small towns should come into their own again in the hyper-connected world and are, anyway, marvellous ready-made pieces of infrastructure. All kinds of architectural and other traditions are latent in them. I don’t mean at the cultural level of the souvenir shop. They should stop being provincial.
How many “stans” are there in Europe? Three, and all in European Russia. The Republics of Dagestan, Tatarstan and Baskortostan.
I went to Tatarstan in late 1995. Its beautiful capital, Kazan, blew my mind. I sat in the President’s office in the Kazan Kremlin. I remember turning a corner in an entirely uncommercial street and being shocked by a sign in huge gold Roman letters: BANKERS’ RESTAURANT.
Dagestan is larger than Switzerland. Tatarstan is much larger. Baskortostan is larger than Greece.