I am looking for a map which would give an indication of how much territorial conflict there was in a given area. One way I imagined one could do it is to look at how territorial states (in the period where those make sense) have changed over the time. Does anybody know if maps like this exist or suggestions on how to make it in a meaningful way?

Edit notice: Thanks for all your very good comments - I have tried to address them.

Old Question: I am looking for a map of Europe which displays the number of times every area was taken over since year 1000. For example the current England was only taken over once in 1066 and therefore that area should have the value 1 etc. Do you know if such a map exists?

Comment: Cross-posted from https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/374621/map-showing-the-number-of-times-an-area-in-europe-was-occupied-in-history

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    Hi Frederik and welcome. For the purpose of this question how are you defining "taken over"/"occupied". Certainly the government of England was over thrown many many more times since 1066. Please add your clarification to your question. – AllInOne Sep 21 '20 at 19:14
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    1066 is before the era of the nation-state. To your average English peasant of the time, it meant very little who had the crown so to say a "country" was "occupied" is meaningless in that context. – Gort the Robot Sep 21 '20 at 19:51
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    Also keep in mind that whether a particular border area was "England" or "Scotland" changed quite often. Do you want that granularity? Also, for something like Calais, was that "Occupied France" or part of the English King's territories? Shall we refight the 100 years war on Stack Exchange? :-P – Gort the Robot Sep 21 '20 at 20:01
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    @Frederick Ravn Klausen Didn't the future king Henry II invade England a few times and eventually get King Stephen to agree to make Henry Stephen's heir? Didn't the future KIng Louis VIII of France invade England and have a lot of success in being recognized as king for a few years? Didn't Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer Invade England and depose king Endward II? Didn't Henry IV and Henry VII invade England and depose Richard II and Richard III respectively? Didn't William III invade England and depose James II? I think your opinion that England was only takenover once is mistaken. – MAGolding Sep 21 '20 at 20:31
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    Conversely, you could argue that William doesn't count count as it's not like his claim was particularly worse than some others that would be used in history. But usually when we use "occupied" in modern sense, we think of one country/culture controlling another. That's not something that even really makes sense in the medieval world unless you're looking at the larger scale of the catholic vs. the muslim. – Gort the Robot Sep 21 '20 at 20:40

Well... here's a YouTube "The History of Europe". Something like 0.25 second per year or the like, running 11 minutes from 400BC. So, if you were to look at a particular spot and take note of what happens to it, you'd more or less get what you want, assuming accuracy and that the scale suits you. Note of warning: don't blink around periods like 1939 or 1989, the map jumps all over the place.

Reliability might be another thing. They've got a list of sources and... one of them is another YouTube video.

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    In book form, there's Colin McEvedy's Penguin historical atlas series. It would even look a bit like that video, if you turn the pages really fast. :-) – T.E.D. Sep 22 '20 at 17:39

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