Basic but comprehensive free online encyclopedia offering information about many countries and their cultures.
Political, geographic, economic, and sociological summaries organized by country.
(BBC) Guides to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives
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.
“Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.”