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Cultural Anthropology: Country Background

This guide provides resources for your cultural anthropological research

Country Background

You'll want to understand the political, cultural, and economic background of the countries involved before analyzing situations.

  • Background Notes (U.S. Dept. of State)
    Use for: Brief overviews of countries and international organizations
  • Europa World Year Book
    Use for: Basic overviews of historical, economic, social, and political background.  Also gives media sources and links to their webpages.
  • IMF Country Reports (International Monetary Fund)
    Use for:Reports on economic developments, with statistics
    Tip: Search by country name and select "IMF Country Reports" under Series.
  • OxResearch (Oxford Analytica)
    Use for: political and economic analysis from the transition of the Cold War to the present
  • Political Handbook of the World
    Available online through CQ Political Reference Suite
    Covers countries and intergovernmental organizations; including political background, economics, social movements, political parties, current issues.
  • Political Risk Yearbooks
    PRS probability forecasts for political, social and economic trends for 100 countries.
    See the Business Source Complete database for the full text of the country reports beginning with 2003.
    Also, 8 volumes by region in Perkins Reference.