Historical Country Information/Current Events Summaries

A variety of serial publications offer overviews of political and social conditions (politics, economics, organizations, press, etc.) and current events for countries worldwide. Some are reference works, others are monthly or annual news summaries.  A few of the major examples are listed below.  Several others, including French, German and Italian publications, are in Widener at call number H 1087-H 1088   Browse them online:

In HOLLIS, choose Starts with/Browse, and adjust to Widener call number.  Keep the space between H and 1087.

Current Events/News Summaries

Annuaire historique universel, 1819-1839. Paris: Fantin,
HOLLIS Record 1758-1837

Annual register.  [title varies], 1758- . London
HOLLIS Record 1758-1837
HOLLIS Record  1838-1862
HOLLIS Record  1863-1953
HathiTrust (-1922 only)
HathiTrust (-1922 only)

Current history, 1914- .
Online Version
HOLLIS Record  1941- .
HOLLIS Record  1916-1940
HOLLIS Record  Feb. 1915)-Feb. 1916
HOLLIS Record  Dec. 1914-Jan. 1915.

The International year book, 1898-1902.
HathiTrust version
Google Books version

Continued by:
New international yearbook; a compendium of the world's progress. 1904-1965
Google Books version

Alphabetical articles on countries, US states, and topics (e.g., Iron and Steel).

Keesing’s record of world events  [formerly titled: Keesing’s contemporary archives],
HOLLIS Record 1931-1986)
HOLLIS Record 1987-1998

Quarterly register of current history (title varies)
HOLLIS Record  Feb. 1891- Mar. 1893
HOLLIS Record Mar. 1893 - Dec. 1901
HOLLIS Record   Mar. 1902-Feb. 1903

Statistical, Political, Directory and other Country Information

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) offers Country Reports and Country Profiles with online political and economic information going back to around 1996.

Issues for 1986-1995 in paper: Search in HOLLIS: "country report" and name of country

Europa world year book [before 1989 titled Europa year book], 1959- . London: Europa Publications
Current Online Version
HOLLIS Record 1989-
HOLLIS Record 1959-1988
--Includes list of major newspapers.
--Since 1963 has a Recent History section for each country summarizing events for the last few years.
--There are Europa yearbooks on particular parts of the world. Find them by searching in HOLLIS: Europa Publications Limited.

Africa South of the Sahara. London, Europa Publications Ltd. 1971-
Widener | RR 4370.30 = Latest
Widener | Afr 1.118 = Earlier

International year book and statesmen’s who’s who, 1953-

Political handbook of the world, 1927-1970, 1975- (Annual, title varies)
Online version (2005- )
Widener Harvard Depository JF37 .P6 (1984-2002)
Widener WID-LC JF37 .P6 (1975-2009)
Widener H 1089.27 (1927-1970)
-- Political handbook of Europe (1927)
-- Country by country overviews of parliaments (breakdown by party), party leaderships.
-- Lists of newspapers with political affiliation and editors.

Statesman’s year-book, 1864- . London: Palgrave.
Current Online Version (1864- ):  Open Archive in orange bar at top
Google Books

Whitaker's almanack. [before 1992 titled Almanack for the year of our Lord…) London: J. Whitaker, 1869- .
Widener | Harvard Depository | Br 3700.101 (2002-2011)
Widener Br 3700.101 (1869-1992)
Widener | RR 4262.2 Latest
Google Books