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Why Cultural Information?
Understanding a nation's culture and political background is essential for researching in comparative politics. The resources on this page are places where you can find good background information about a nation's political system, political history, political parties, cultures, and more.
Cultural & Minority Information
Non-US Data Sources
Provides full text access to books, journals, and statistical databases produced by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) online library.
Detailed studies of countries with a focus on economic conditions, geography, government & politics, history, national security, society, & transportation & telecommunications. Compiled by the US Library of Congress.
BBC Country Profiles
Profiles the history, politics, media, economic conditions, & statistical data for nations.
CIA World Factbook
Provides information from the US Central Intelligence Agency on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Information on economic conditions, geography, government & political conditions, history, people, & U.S. relations for all nations. Compiled by the U.S. Department of State.
Foreign Information by Country
Information and links organized by country.
Nations of the World - Library of Congress
An annotated guide to sources of information on government and law. Includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information for different nations.