Minas Gerais in the Brazilian Federation, 1889-1937

By John D. Wirth | Go to book overview

Preface

TO MY COLLEAGUES, Robert M. Levine and Joseph L. Love, I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked so long and intimately with them on this collaborative research effort. We remained in frequent contact with one another from the early conversations about a joint project to the last stages of editing. The volume outlines are similar, not only from chapter to chapter but, as far as feasible, within each chapter itself. Though we attempted to keep repetition at a minimum, each book necessarily draws on a common stock of information that was freely shared throughout the research and writing. Many tasks were shared, while others were assigned individually. Love and Wirth compiled the code book for the collective biographies of the three state political elites; Levine and Love designed the SPSS program for the comparative biographical study. We spent twelve months in 1969-70 in Brazil, and met three times. Later, Love and Wirth spent a summer in Rio and Brasilia, and Levine worked in the Public Record Office in London. We arranged to meet at least once a year since 1967.

Research funds for my own work on Minas Gerais were provided by the Foreign Area Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council and Stanford's Committee for Research in International Studies. In addition, the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford provided small grants for a conference and photocopying. Most of this book was written at St. John's College in Santa Fe; I thank Vice President J. Burchenal Ault for his many kindnesses.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Figures and Tables xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Chapter One - the Minas Mosaic 1
  • Chapter Two - the Economy 31
  • Chapter Three - Society and Culture 65
  • Chapter Four - State Politics: Men, Events, and Structures 97
  • Chapter Five - the Political Elite 140
  • Chapter Six - State and Nation: Political Dimensions 164
  • Chapter Seven - Toward Integration 185
  • Chapter Eight Fiscal Federalism 204
  • Conclusion 225
  • Appendixes 235
  • Notes 267
  • Bibliography 295
  • Index 309
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