I am building an interactive map project, that should draw a political map for any given year. Are there any open resources, that give access to such information? Maybe, as an array of points marking the borders, or the pictures, someway sorted year-by-year. Or, at least, the text list of the world's map changes over the time.
P.S. Yes, I know there already are some applications of the kind, but none of them is pleasant to use, they ain't beautiful and also cannot be used on mobile devices.
P.S.S. If the idea to find these data fails, I would draw the maps myself using some sort of computer drawing software over the scans of the different world atlases. However, as a programmer, I would like to have as little work as possible.