Brazil: A Century of Change / Edition 1

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This English translation of an acclaimed Brazilian anthology provides critical overviews of Brazilian life, history, and culture and insight into Brazil's development over the past century. The distinguished essayists, most of whom are Brazilian, provide expert perspectives on the social, economic, and cultural challenges that face Brazil as it seeks future directions in the age of globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The volume will serve especially well in advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars . . . . Highly recommended."—EIAL

"Presents the collective wisdom of a group of prominent intellectuals and policy makers. . . . This fine English translation provides us with an excellent text for our students and colleagues who have not yet had the privilege of learning Portuguese."—Hispanic American Historical Review

"[A] lucid compilation of essays . . . immerse[s] readers in the nation's history, culture, population changes, and political, social, and concentrated wealth changes. . . . It is notable that Brazilian academics and policy makers who have been principle figures in Brazilian administrative life wrote 11 of the 12 essays. Their applied insights show in these candid and articulate summaries, which ultimately advocate for alterations of the national reality for the present century. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

"Extremely valuable to scholarship."—The Latin American Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859278
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Series: Latin America in Translation/en Traduccion/em Traducao
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,350,211
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ignacy Sachs is professor at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris.

Jorge Wilheim is a Brazilian architect, planner, and former government official.


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Table of Contents

Foreword Jerry Dávila vii

Translator's Note Robert N. Anderson xxi

Preface xxv

1 A Cartographic and Statistical Portrait of Twentieth-Century Brazil Hervé Thery 1

2 Traces of the Big House and the Slave Quarters: Social Transformation in Rural Brazil during the Twentieth Century Afr&ahat;nio Garcia Moacir Palmeira 20

3 Economic Evolution and the International Connection Paulo Singer 55

4 Brazil and the World Celso Lafer 101

5 Culture and Society Renato Ortiz 120

6 From the Patrimonial State to the Managerial State Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira 141

7 Political Transition and the (Un)rule of Law in the Republic Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro 174

8 Federalism and National Identity Aspásia Camargo 216

9 Amazonia: Past Progress and Future Prospects José Seixas Louren&ccedile;o 253

10 The Northeast: Five Hundred Years of Discoveries Cristovam Buarque 271

11 When the Future Arrives Celso Furtado 291

12 The Challenges of the Globalized Economy Gilberto Dupas 300

13 Metropolises and the Far West in the Twenty-first Century Jorge Wilheim 320

14 Quo Vadis, Brazil? Ignacy Sachs 332

Contributors 345

Index 349

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