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Table of Contents for Prime and Foreign Ministers


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Identifying Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers, and the dates they served, can be very problematical for many countries, depending on the politics and form of government of the country. Also, the date different reference books provide can be the date of the election or the day of taking office or even some other date. Once you start consulting various reference tools you realize that very often they can present and include different names and dates from each other. The lists of Primes Ministers and Foreign Minters presented here should be taken as very basic lists. They may be incomplete or even incorrect in some places. Many of these individuals were active in the League of Nations and sometimes served as delegates. There are several useful reference books one can consult for more detailed information and specific dates.

Bidwell, Robin. Bidwell's Guide to Government Ministers. London: Frank Cass, 1974. 3 vols.

Cook, Chris and John Paxton. European Political Facts of the Twentieth Century. 5th ed. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Graca, John V. da. Heads of State and Government. New York: New York University Press, 1985.

Langville, Alan R. Modern World Rulers: A Chronology. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1979.

Ross, Martha. Rulers and Governments of the World. New York: Bowker, 1977-78. 3 vols.

Truhart, Peter. Regents of Nations: Systematic Chronology of States and Their Political Representatives in the Past and Present, A Biographical Reference Book.  New York: K. G. Saur, 1984. 3 vols.

There are also a number of web sites that provide similar kinds of information:


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