Great place to start to find historical overviews of countries or topics/issues. Includes books covering histories across the humanities and social sciences, with a concentration on political and cultural history, philosophy, etc.
Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of territories, countries, and global regions. Look at a country's Country Profile section for great overviews of recent political history. Coverage: 2006-present.
Digtized versions of books with descriptions and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, and political systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. Coverage: 1986-2004. See also "Country Profiles" published 2005-2008.