Preface

When I was a college student traveling through Great Britain, I fell in love with the bookstores found in every town and in every neighborhood of large cities. Among the most popular series of books published in the United Kingdom in the 1960s were books about topics that in the academic world would be considered too large: "The Eighteenth Century," "The Late Middle Ages," "Russia." This book aims to follow in these footsteps. Its aim is to introduce Brazil to readers who neither are specialists nor are seeking exhaustive detail. It has not been written as a research monograph, nor is it intended to discuss all of the standard themes in Brazilian history. It is up to date, and it synthesizes much of the current social literature on Brazil. This should give readers a notion of how Brazil is viewed by specialists today, as the country faces the new century.

The book begins by examining some of that vast country's basic attributes: its geography, its economic and social systems, its politics, its people, and its culture. The first chapter identifies the major points of similarity and difference between Brazil and its Spanish-American hemispheric neighbors. The second looks for singularity in Brazil's nineteenth-century experience, when it not only retained a monarchical form of government while every other independent country in Latin

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Table of contents

  • Advisory Board ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Timeline of Historical Events xv
  • 1 - An Earthly Paradise 1
  • Notes 29
  • 2 - Early Brazil (1500-1822) 31
  • Notes 52
  • 3 - Independence and Empire (1822-1889) 55
  • Notes 76
  • 4 - The Republic (1889-1930) 77
  • Note 96
  • 5 - The Vargas Era (1930-1954) 97
  • Notes 119
  • 6 - Dictatorship and Democracy (1954-1998) 121
  • Notes 144
  • 7 - Political Culture 147
  • Notes 166
  • 8 - Social and Economic Realities 167
  • Notes 183
  • Notable People in the History of Brazil 185
  • Bibliographic Essay 195
  • Index 203
  • About the Author 209
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