Two new nations -- Israel and Indonesia -- have taken their places among the states of the world in the 1950 edition of this standard political reference book. Two more important areas of the world -- China and East Germany -- are now governed by Communists; and, to suggest that no pendulum swings in one direction only, two Labor administrations -- in New Zealand and Australia -- have been replaced by governments further right. The personnel and programs of these new administrations are given in the Handbook, along with the usual data about the political parties, the press and the government personnel of all countries of the world in the customary objective and dependable form. The material has been revised and brought up to date as of January 1, 1950.
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