1st Edition

The 1914–2024 War Atlas Modernity Deciphered Anew

By Marcin Wojciech Solarz Copyright 2025
    200 Pages 126 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 126 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The 1914–2024 War Atlas deconstructs the contemporary widespread and well-known image of the 20th and 21st century, arguing for the continuity of the historical process covering the period 1914-2024.

    The years between 1914 and 2024 constitute a period of unparalleled economic growth, scientific advancement, political development, and social change - in just over 100 years, human civilization has moved from an industrial to a digital age. However, they also cover some of the most dangerous, violent, and politically volatile years in human history. In these years, two world wars have been fought, weapons of mass destruction dropped, authoritarian and democratic regimes alike have risen and fallen, and regional conflicts have been almost continuous, effectively conjoining World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the Russo-Ukrainian war. This volume indicates that the 1914 July Crisis, which set in motion a sequence of events that spanned over 100 years. Containing a range of colourful maps and charts, this book graphically illustrates the arguments presented in both an informative and visual way.

    This atlas will serve as a perfect textbook for students studying history, geography, politics and international relations, as well as being a useful guide to contemporary world politics for researchers, and for those interesting in the international relations and modern history.

    Chapter 1       The cogs

    Chapter 2       Reading maps – framing the space

    Chapter 3       The scenes

    Chapter 4       Deciphering history – framing the time

    Chapter 5       The milestones

    Chapter 6       The first cog – European cycle of power and decay vs the new Hundred Years’ War

    Chapter 7       The European tides

    Chapter 8       Deconstructing the 20th and 21st centuries – the new Hundred Years’ War

    Chapter 9       The borders

    Chapter 10     The power systems and arrangements

    Chapter 11     The international community voices



    Marcin Wojciech Solarz is a geographer, political scientist and the IR researcher at the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies of the University of Warsaw, Poland. Head of the Department of Political and Historical Geography, FGRS UW. Head of the project “Forest Germans (Walddeutsche): the past and present of forgotten local communities in the Carpathian Foothills”, 2020-2025. His previous works include: The Language of Global Development: A Misleading Geography (2014), The Global North-South Atlas: Mapping Global Change (2020) and “Geography and the world’s development divides” in Elgar Encyclopedia of Development (2023) and other works; as well as scientific editor and co-author of Atlas of Poland’s political geography: Poland in the modern world (2018; 3rd place in the “Atlases” category at the International Cartographic Exhibition in Japan in 2019), New Geographies of the Globalized World (2018) and Atlas of Poland’s political geography: Poland in the modern world: 2022 Perspective (2022).