I'm currently improving a Timeline I build some time ago, this Timeline of Wars in Europe since 1945. I did used several sources, including Wikidata, to get the list of conflicts to include. Yet, there are minor conflicts, terrorist attacks and more events that could be included. It's a pain to pick what to include. After all, what is a war and what is not a war?

I'm looking for a database of conflicts in post-IIWW Europe. Is there a dataset like this that could provide a list of wars in Europe?

Wars in Europe Time since 2WW

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    Can you define "war"? or "conflict"?
    – MCW
    Dec 5, 2022 at 19:28
  • If you want to make a chart like yours, you have to decide what counts as a war.
    – Ne Mo
    Dec 5, 2022 at 22:19
  • ...and what counts as the beginning and the end of a war, especially when you're counting in civil wars and guerilla activities. I'd also hesitate to call the Cold War an actual conflict, because it distinguished itself in that there wasn't an actual war going on (hence "cold" war).
    – DevSolar
    Dec 6, 2022 at 9:34
  • Definitions are problematic, not only for the including part, but for categorization. I use orange for rebellions, unrest, etc But then, some guerrilla warfare is just so intese that fits more with the red (like wars), so creating a "legend" of this with good categories is an issue, well, it takes work to figure out a good system.
    – James
    Dec 6, 2022 at 20:45
  • You have inculded the Northern Ireland conflict, would you include the bloodshed due to the left-wing terrorist groups in Europe? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-wing_terrorism#Europe Dec 8, 2022 at 10:48

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There are datasets, but using them requires attention to the definitions (which may not be the ones you prefer). Look at this one from Uppsala University, which defines war as 1,000 battle deaths in one calendar year.

  • Good one. Definitions are an issue, so true. Using a dataset that someone has already curated and justified/researched is a good starting point.
    – James
    Dec 6, 2022 at 20:42

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