Brazil : Five Centuries of Change

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As one of the most recognized experts on Brazil, Thomas E. Skidmore has compiled a much-needed and brief yet complete study of the country's rich ethnic, political, economic, industrial and social history. Written for both general readers and students of Latin American culture and history, Brazil examines the blessings of the country's ethnic diversity, wealth of natural resources, and rapid economic and industrial development, as well as the problems, such as its long history of political instability and military rule, and the horrendous inflation and international debt which have plagued the nation as it has emerged as a major Third World power. The book provides a detailed look not only at Brazil's past and its national identity, but its visions for its more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 graphs, 4 maps, 28 tables
  • 0195058100
  • 9780195058109

Table of contents

Introduction: Why Read About Brazil?; CHAPTER 1. BIRTH AND GROWTH OF COLONIAL BRAZIL: 1500-1750; The Country the Portuguese Created in the New World; The Colonial Economy and Society; Miscegenation: Biological and Cultural; The Beginnings of a Luso-Brazilian Culture; CHAPTER 2. CRISIS OF THE COLONIAL SYSTEM AND EMERGENCE OF AN INDEPENDENT BRAZIL: 1790-1830; The Economics and Politics of Post-1750 Brazil; The Portuguese Court Comes to Brazil; CHAPTER 3. REVOLT, CONSOLIDATION, AND WAR: 1830-1870; Uprisings under the Regency; Recentralization; The Role of Pedro II; The Rise of Coffee; The Emerging Problems with Slavery as an Institution; The Question of Abolition; The Paraguayan War; CHAPTER 4. MAKING BRAZIL "MODERN": 1870-1910; The End of the Empire; Coffee Fluctuations, Emerging Industry, and Urban Labor; CHAPTER 5. WORLD WAR I, THE GREAT DEPRESSION, AND DICTATORSHIP: 1910-1945; The Shock of World War I; New Currents in the 1920's; The Revolution of 1930; Getulio Vargas as Dictator; CHAPTER 6. DEMOCRACY UNDER VARGAS, HALCYON DAYS WITH KUBITSCHEK, AND A MILITARY COUP: 1945-1964; The 1945 Election and the Dutra Period Vargas Returns; A Socioeconomic Profile of Brazil in the Late 1940s and 1950s; A New President, Juscelino Kubitschek, Elected; The Brief Presidency of Janio Guadros; The Succession of Joao Goulart; CHAPTER 7. RULE OF THE MILITARY: 1964-1985; The Generals Search for a Political Base; The Arrival of the Guerrillas; Culture and the Generals; The Economic "Miracle" Wrought by the Authoritarians; The Road to Redemocratization; CHAPTER 8. REDEMOCRATIZATION; NEW HOPE, OLD PROBLEMS: 1985-; Sarney and His Challenges; The Debt Crisis and the Economy; Widening Gaps Between Rich and Poor; Public Health: The Fish That Swam Upstream; Changes Affecting Women; Race Relations; The Political Spectrum in the New Democracy; The Collor Debacle; Another Vice-President in Command; Back to Stabilization: The Plano Real; The Presidential Election of 1994; Epilogue; Suggestions for further Readingsshow more

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