About the Country Studies / Area Handbooks Program
The Country Studies Series
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis
of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and
national security systems and institutions of countries throughout
the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems
and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.
The books represent the analysis of the authors and should not
be construed as an expression of an official United States Government
position, policy, or decision. The authors have sought to adhere
to accepted standards of scholarly objectivity. Corrections, additions,
and suggestions for changes from readers will be welcomed for use
in future hard-copy editions (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information contained in the online Country Studies is not copyrighted
and thus is available for free and unrestricted use by researchers.
As a courtesy, however, appropriate credit should be given to the
Hard-copy editions of all books in the series (except the regional
studies on Macau and Afghanistan) can be ordered from the Superintendent
of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office at the Online Bookstore .
Some countries lack graphic information because graphic files were
not available or have not yet been converted for mounting on this
New Country Studies
Countries may be added without the photographs, maps, and charts.
Note on Timeliness
Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. Information
on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research
Completed" date at the beginning of each study or the "Data
as of" date at the end of each section of text. Older studies,
including some on countries that no longer exist in the same form,
such as East Germany and the Soviet Union, may be retained because
they continue to offer historical information of value to researchers.
Map Viewer Note
Maps and charts are in PDF format. These files require Adobe Acrobat
Reader 3.0 or higher.