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Brazil : Five Centuries of Change

Brazil : Five Centuries of Change - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195058109

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ISBN13: 978-0195058109
ISBN10: 0195058100
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
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Brazil : Five Centuries of Change - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195058109

Thomas E. Skidmore

ISBN13: 978-0195058109
ISBN10: 0195058100
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

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 inflection 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 future.

  • Written by one of the leading scholars on Brazilian history
  • Examines the factors which have led the Brazil's success as a world power as well as its greatest problems
  • Explores Brazil's collective past and its population's national identity and visions for the future




Author Bio

Skidmore, Thomas E. : Brown University

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 Readings

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