[mb-style] RFC: Add Prussia and Russia to list of countries for historical purposes

Frederic Da Vitoria davitofrg at gmail.com
Thu Jul 14 21:38:28 UTC 2011


You may kind of have a point here: setting a normalized historical country
may be impossible. So maybe a free-input field would be better.

2011/7/14 SwissChris <swisschris at gmail.com>

> oops, that should read "born in 1810" of course :/
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM, SwissChris <swisschris at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Let's not open this can of worms, pleeaaase ;-) Let's agree, as Rob wisely
>> suggests, that the "country" field indicates to which modern day country the
>> place a person was born in belongs today. The ISO list has the advantage to
>> cover every place on earth and to be automatically updated when changes
>> occur. We don't discuss it, we just use it, leaving political/historical
>> debates out of MB.
>>
>> About the suggested wikipedia lists of countries I don't think they're any
>> good. Or try e.g. to attribute a correct country to Frédéric Chopin, a (by
>> basically all sources) *polish* composer, born in 1820 near Warsaw ;-)
>>
>> Chris/chabreyflint
>>
>>
>> 2011/7/14 Kovács Endre János <kovacsendre.public at gmail.com>
>>
>>> There are two lists on Wikipedia that may be a good starting point:
>>>
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_former_sovereign_states
>>>
>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Former_countries_in_Europe_after_1815
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM, Nikki <aeizyx at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > Hello,
>>> >
>>> > I finally got chance to ask Rob about this. He said that his general
>>> > feeling is that the ISO list shouldn't get further polluted and the
>>> > field should indicate the modern day country the person was born in.
>>> >
>>> > Of course, that doesn't mean we can't think of other ways to implement
>>> > historical countries. Does anyone know if there's any existing set of
>>> > historical country data anywhere? I'm not sure we really want to get
>>> > involved in deciding what was a country or not ourselves...
>>> >
>>> > Nikki
>>>
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