Countries of the World

 

 

Area Handbook Series
From the Library of Congress:  Online book-length studies of 100 countries "describing and analyzing their political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions; people, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their interests, their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward their social system and political order." 
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

Political Science Resources:  Foreign Politics (U. Michigan)
Includes comprehensive political sources, individual country politics, elections and military information. 
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psfp.html

Background Notes - U.S. State Department
Contains sections on: government, economy, history, people, political conditions and foreign relations. 
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/

NationMaster.com - A central data source and way to graphically compare nations, generate maps and graphs with statistics.
http://www.nationmaster.com/