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A Concise History of Brazil

A Concise History of Brazil

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  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521565264

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  • A Concise History of Brazil covers almost 500 years of Brazilian history, from the arrival of the Portuguese in the New World to the political events that defined the transition in recent years from an authoritarian to a democratic political regime. Brazilian territorial unity and national identity were forged throughout the nineteenth century, after the proclamation of independence in 1822, resulting in a nation with one common language and wide ethnic and racial variety. Remarkable in this respect, the country nevertheless faces problems of social and ethnic disparity as well as of preservation and adequate use of its natural resources. This book emphasizes topics that have deeply influenced the historical formation of Brazil and affected its existence to the present day, such as the destruction of Indian civilizations, slavery and massive immigration throughout the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.

    • Describes features of Indian civilization
    • Discusses transition from slavery to free labour through international immigration
    • Shows transition from an authoritarian regime to the current democracy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this long-overdue book will be of interest to both academic and public libraries." Mark L. Grover, Library Journal

    "...this probing view of 500 years in one of South America's richest and most populous countries hits the highlights." Joe Collins, Booklist

    "...a fine introduction to Brazilian history." Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs

    "...this highly reliable history will be as valuable as a reference work as it will be for couse adoption." Luso-Braziliam Review

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    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521565264
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    1. Colonial Brazil (1500–1822)
    2. Imperial Brazil (1822–1889)
    3. The first Republic (1889–1930)
    4. The Vargas state (1930–1945)
    5. The democratic experiment (1945–1964)
    6. The military government and the transition to democracy (1964–1984)
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Boris Fausto, Universidade de São Paulo

    Translator

    Arthur Brakel

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