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This paper examines the effect of historical changes in political borders on culture, specifically levels of trust in political institutions. The identification strategy is to focus on regions that are part of the same country today and therefore share the same political institutions but have had different numbers of border changes in the past. This within-country variation is satisfied for six Eastern European countries -Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and Ukraine. Using threedoi:10.2139/ssrn.2148773 fatcat:oaz5j7qmtzfg3if5tuaotxd7jy