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A Free Global Studies Education

Postby Hungry Ghost » Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:26 pm

I stumbled on this and maybe somebody will find it interesting. They describe it best themselves:
This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army between 1986 and 1998. Each study offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy.

http://countrystudies.us/

I've looked at a few of them and they seem impressively detailed and accurate to me. Very enlightening stuff about some sometimes mysterious (to Americans at least) nations.

The list of countries isn't complete. But a substantial 110 places are covered, from Afghanistan to Vietnam (no Zim or Zam). If you've ever wondered about Turkmenistan or Bhutan, check it out.

It's no joke. These people are serious. As an illustration of what these things can include, here's the table of contents for 'India'. Each topic represents a link that takes you to a chunk of text that's usually several pages long.
James Heitzman and Robert L. Worden, editors. India: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1995.

Acknowledgments
Preface

History

Harappan Culture
Vedic Aryans
Kingdoms and Empires
The Mauryan Empire
The Deccan and the South
Gupta and Harsha
The Coming of Islam
Southern Dynasties
The Mughals
The Marathas
The Sikhs
The Coming of the Europeans
The British Empire in India
Company Rule, 1757-1857
The British Raj, 1858-1947
Sepoy Rebellion, 1857-59
After the Sepoy Rebellion
The Independence Movement
Mahatma Gandhi
Political Impasse and Independence
Independent India
National Integration
Jawaharlal Nehru
Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi

Geography and Demographics

Geography
Coasts and Borders
Rivers
Climate
Earthquakes
Population
Population Projections
Population and Family Planning Policy
Health Conditions
Health Care
Education

Religion

The Vedas and Polytheism
Karma and Liberation
Jainism
Buddhism
The Worship of Personal Gods
Vishnu
Shiva
Brahma and the Hindu Trinity
The Goddess
Local Deities
The Ceremonies of Hinduism
Domestic Worship
Life-Cycle Rituals
Temples
Pilgrimage
Festivals
Islam
Sikhism
Tribal Religions
Christianity
Zoroastrianism
Judaism
Modern Changes in Religion

Language, Ethnicity, and Regionalism

Linguistic Relations
Diversity, Use, and Policy
Languages of India
Hindi and English
Hindi
English
Linguistic States
The Social Context of Language
Tribes
Jews and Parsis
Portuguese
Anglo-Indians
Africans
Regionalism
Telangana Movement
Jharkhand Movement
Uttarakhand
Gorkhaland
Ladakh
The Northeast

Society

Themes in Indian Society
Family
Veiling and the Seclusion of Women
Life Passages
Children and Childhood
Marriage
Adulthood
Death and Beyond
Caste and Class
The Village Community
Urban Life

The Economy

Structure of the Economy
The Role of Government
Labor
Industry
Government Policies
Manufacturing
Energy
Mining and Quarrying
Tourism
Science and Technology
Agriculture
Crops
The Green Revolution
Livestock and Poultry
Forestry
Fishing

Government and Politics

The Constitution
Politics
The Congress
Opposition Parties
Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism
Communist Parties
Regional Parties
Caste-Based Parties
Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir
Hindu-Muslim Tensions
Corruption
The Media
The Rise of Civil Society

Foreign Relations

Pakistan
Bangladesh
Sri Lanka
Nepal
Bhutan
Maldives
China
Southeast Asia
Middle East
Central Asia
Russia
United States
Britain, Australia, Canada, Western Europe, and Japan
United Nations

Bibliography
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Postby SteveFoerster » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:21 pm

Great find! And even better, since the U.S. government is the author of these materials, they're all in the public domain.

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