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One would think, looking at this ‘Political’ map from 1990, that the only big change taking place in Europe at this time was the unification of Germany. Note the use of a single colour for that country despite a line separating ‘EAST’ from ‘WEST’ – unification was a work in progress. The Soviet Union remains intact here, as do Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. This would not reflect reality for very much longer, of course, and the USSR, in fact, was already coming apart.
Germany aside, the countries of Western Europe are identical on this map to how they would appear on an equivalent map in 2021. But it will be interesting to see how those large islands just to the north of France will be depicted on a political map in years to come.
Willet, B. M. (ed.), Philip’s Great World Atlas (London: George Philip, 1990).