This collection, which has been digitized by the Library, was originally sponsored by the U.S. Army and was intended to focus primarily on lesser-known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed. Thus, it is not all-inclusive.
Most of the 80 books in the Country Studies series deal with a single foreign country, but a few cover several countries or a specific geographic region. The collection also includes several books on countries that no longer exist in their original configuration, such as Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the Soviet Union, Sudan, and Yugoslavia. These books remain in the series because they continue to provide historical context and perspective. In some cases, studies on successor states are also part of the series.
Intended for a general audience, the books in the collection feature a description and analysis of the countries’ historical settings and their social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions.
Each book was written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, who sought to adhere to accepted standards of scholarly objectivity. The books represent the analysis of the authors and should not be considered an expression of an official U.S. government position, policy, or decision.