Non-Western Culture Research


CIA - The World Factbook (Extensive Information)
U.S. government profiles of countries and territories around the world. Information on geography, people, government, transportation, economy, communications ...

Country Studies
(Extensive Information)
This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army between 1986 and 1998. Each study offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy

National Geographic Travel and Culture Brief Guide
Find facts, photos, information and history, travel videos, flags, and more.

U.S. Department of State Background Notes
Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.

BBC Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.