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"Excellent one-volume history of Brazil by leading Brazilian social historian is suitable for advanced students and sophisticated general readers. Emphasizes political and economic history. Treats colonial and 19th-century history seriously as political history; one-third of book covers 1930-80. Unlike other recent one-volume histories, such as those by Skidmore (see item #bi 00004885#) and Levine (see item #bi 00000173#), work does not cover contemporary events (1980-90), and the evaluation of the transition from 1964 dictatorship to electoral politics is reticent. Often narrates events by synthesizing differing interpretations in historiography of key issues: nature of Portuguese imperial state, reasons for 19th-century Brazilian territorial unity, relation between slavery and peasantry. Good summary discussion of demography and class structure, but little overt explanation of political culture and almost no references to folkways and the arts"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
"… 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."
"It's no mean feat to tell the unruly story of a country as large, diverse and divided as Brazil in one volume of narrative history. But Fausto succeeds admirably in presenting facts, figures, events and influences in an orderly, palatable fashion. … Fausto has written a nuts-and-bolts account that will serve general readers as a navigable port of entry into the history and life of one of the world's most culturally rich nations."
"The most distinguished historian of Brazil of his generation, Boris Fausto has chosen a broad-brush historical narrative approach, punctuated by a discussion of key controversies in the historiography. … A Concise History offers the non-expert reader a broad panorama of Brazilian history. The expert will appreciate efforts to capture issues and controversies in the historiography and to present them in a digestible fashion."
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|List of Illustrations|
|1||Colonial Brazil (1500-1822)||1|
|1.1||Overseas Expansion and the Portuguese Arrival in Brazil||1|
|1.6||The Iberian Union and Its Impact on Brazil||40|
|1.7||Colonization of the Periphery||44|
|1.8||Bandeira Expeditions and Paulista Society||47|
|1.9||The Crisis in the Colonial System||54|
|1.10||Rebel Movements and National Consciousness||59|
|1.11||Brazil at the End of the Colonial Period||72|
|2||Imperial Brazil (1822-1889)||76|
|2.1||Consolidating Independence and Building the State||76|
|2.2||The Second Empire||96|
|2.3||Socioeconomic Structure and Slavery||103|
|2.4||Modernization and the Expansion of Coffee||112|
|2.5||The Beginning of Large-Scale Immigration||117|
|2.6||The Paraguayan War||120|
|2.7||Crises of the Second Empire||126|
|2.8||The Republican Movement||133|
|2.9||The Fall of the Monarchy||141|
|2.10||Economy and Demography||142|
|3||The First Republic (1889-1930)||148|
|3.1||Years of Consolidation||148|
|3.2||Oligarchies and Colonels||158|
|3.3||Relations Between the States and the Union||160|
|3.6||The Political Process During the 1920s||182|
|3.7||The 1930 Revolution||190|
|4||The Vargas State (1930-1945)||198|
|4.2||The Political Process||203|
|4.3||The Estado Novo||216|
|4.4||The End of the Estado Novo||229|
|4.5||The Socioeconomic Situation||233|
|5||The Democratic Experiment (1945-1964)||237|
|5.1||The Elections and the New Constitution||237|
|5.2||The Return of Vargas||243|
|5.4||From Nationalism to Developmentism||253|
|6||The Military Government and the Transition to Democracy (1964-1984)||280|
|6.2||Political Closure and Armed Struggle||287|
|6.3||The Processes of Political Liberalization||296|
|6.4||The General Framework of the Period from 1950 to 1980||321|