Try a Subject search in MARQCAT on the name of a country combined with one of the following four categories:
politics and government
social life and customs
History is a narrower term for the Library of Congress than it is for most historians. It tends to be wars and revolutions. All four categories together encompass what historians usually mean by history.
Follow these steps:
1. Go to the MARQCAT Box immediately below.
2. Click on the dropdown arrow by the window on the left and select Subject.
3. In the window on the right enter the name of a country, such as mexico, followed by one of the four other terms noted above, for example: mexico history.
4. Click on Submit.
Refine your search by exploring the subject headings under your topic. If you use the category foreign relations, you can refine your search by putting in a second country, for example: mexico foreign relations united states. If you reverse the order of the countries--united states foreign relations mexico--you get books from another perspective.
The AHA Guide to Historical Literature will get you started on any time period anywhere in the world. The link is to the online version.