The History of Brazil
Greenwood Press, 1. jaan 1999 - 208 pages
Brazil is a vast, complex country with great potential but an uneven history. This engaging study will introduce readers to the history of Brazil from its origins to today. It emphasizes current issues and problems, including the country's return to democracy after more than two decades of harsh military rule and the economic consequences of adopting free-market policies as part of the creation of the global marketplace. Levine, a noted Brazilianist, explains the legacy of slavery on race relations, the stubborn persistence of barriers to upward mobility, and the characteristics of Brazil's exuberant culture. The author draws not only from a broad array of traditional sources but from oral histories and postings on the Internet. The history of Brazil unfolds in narrative chronological chapters beginning with the Portuguese conquest, then moving on to the colonial period, Independence, the nineteenth-century monarchy--the only one in Latin America--the Republic, the nationalist regime under Vargas, the eclipse of democracy under military rule in the 1960s and 1970s, and the current democratically elected government under Cardoso, who was elected in 1998 to his second term. Short biographical sketches of 40 prominent Brazilians, a glossary of Portuguese terms, and a bibliographical essay add reference value to this work. This is the only up-to-date history of Brazil, current through 1999.
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By the 1820s, coffee had become Brazil's major export crop; by the last decade of
the nineteenth century, exports had grown by more than fifteen times. Most coffee
was raised in the region north and west of the imperial capital of Rio de ...
CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS AM) RELIGION Since the nineteenth century,
Brazilians have considered their language culturally superior to Portugal's, which
Brazilians consider provincial and old-fashioned. The foundation in 1897 of the ...
nineteenth century, Brazil retained slavery as a legal institution until 1888.
Emancipation brought cries of joy from the 5 percent of Brazilian blacks still in
bondage in 1888, but it was accompanied by legislation and social practices that
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With over 3 million square miles of territory and 4,600 miles of shoreline, Brazil is the fifth largest nation in the world. In this impressively concise history, Levine, the director for the Center ... Read full review
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Early Brazil 15001822
Independence and Empire 18221889
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