This guide to modern politics (1961) has been fully revised and contains entries on such recent developments as the latest independent states of Africa. It provides a comprehensive and informative beckground to current events and includes life histories of those of the world’s leading politicians who are alive at the time of going to press. The political institutions, recent histories, the economies of almost every independent state in the world are discussed. There are entries on important overseas possessions. Places which fall into neither of these categories, but which are centres of dispute, are treated separately. The aims of those of the leading political parties of the world are explained. International organizations are described. Political beliefs and dates of many important declarations, pacts, and treaties are clearly set out.