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Global Studies Subject Guide (archived): Places/Cultures

Resources to support Castleton's Global Studies program

Featured resources

Recent and archival news about countries, from The New York Times.

See news stories from the New York Times by place
Or, choose a region below, then choose a country from a menu on the right.

Africa Americas Asia Pacific
Europe Middle East

Country Profiles from BBC News
Each profile contains a succinct overview, links to media from that country (including some in English), and a chronology of significant
eventsDelete Table

What USAID does (global problems) and Where USAID Works (places)
"USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential."

Also see the

International media

tab on the Global Studies guide for access to media outlets for countries, including many in English.

About U.S. relations

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets

See summaries of U.S. relations with individual countries around the world, from the U.S. Department of State

Subscription source for streaming video

Browse a region from the
Area Studies collection.
Or search for your topic. 

Subscription resource.  Log-in required for off-campus access.

World constitutions

Constitute: The World's Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare, from the Comparative Constitutions Project

Countries and ethnic groups

CIA World Factbook

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Country Pages or Fact Sheets or Policy Issues
on individual countries, featuring U.S. relations with the country, from the U.S. Department of State

The United States Institute of Peace posts information on the countries where it currently works.

Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
Full text of this "historical guide to some of the world's peoples, from the earliest times to the present."

Subscription resource.  Login required for off-campus access.

Book of Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures
REF 305.8 B6445

Native Peoples of the World
REF 305.8003 N21

Europa World Yearbook
Offers an in-depth assessment of a country's recent political history and relations with other countries

REF 341.184 Eu74

Financial Times World Desk Reference
Maps, charts and diagrams, and facts and statistics on the world's nations. Ebook from DK.
Subscription resource. Login required for off-campus access.

Geography of the World
Full text of this DK reference book

Subscription resource. Login required for off-campus access.

Statesman's Yearbook
Annual publication with detailed information on government and economy of each country.
REF 310 St29

About cultures

The Cultural Orientation Resource Center offers Refugee Backgrounders for some refugee groups in the U.S.

Country histories

Resources on specific regions or countries (in English)


National Bureau of Asian Research
A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides independent research about US relations with Asia.



Encyclopaedia Iranica
From Columbia University's Center for Iranian Studies. Treats
all aspects of Iranian history and culture. Entries are peer-reviewed by an editorial board.


French Culture, from Cultural Services of the French Embassy, U.S.


From the National Library of Australia, a portal for content on Australia


Polish Culture from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Polska, official promotional website of Poland

Reference e-books

(Subscription resources. Log-in required for off-campus access.)