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Overview

Brazil is a vast, complex country with great potential but an uneven history. This 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.

"Relatively bland historical introduction for general readers emphasizes economic development, social inequality, and apparent inability of reforms to address inequality. Begins in 1500, but more than half of volume is devoted to post-1930 Brazil and contemporary issues. Getâulio Vargas is central both as a reformist turning point in politics and as a representative enigma. Useful, but much less piquant and heartfelt than author's Brazilian legacies (item #bi 00006099#)"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Introduces the history of Brazil from its origins to today. Emphasizes current issues and problems, including the country's return to democracy after decades of military rule, and the consequences of adopting free-market policies as part of the creation of the global marketplace. Also discusses the legacy of slavery, barriers to upward mobility, and Brazil's culture. Includes a timeline, notes on key figures, and a glossary. Levine is director of Latin American studies at the University of Miami-Coral Gables. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Praise for Levine's Secret Missions to Cuba:

"..a valuable contribution to any understanding of the politics and personalities of the Cuban exile in Miami."—Joan Didion

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Meet the Author

Robert M. Levine is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami and the author of over a dozen books on Latin American and Cuba including Secret Missions to Cuba (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Timeline of Historical Events
1 An Earthly Paradise 1
2 Early Brazil (1500-1822) 31
3 Independence and Empire (1822-1889) 55
4 The Republic (1889-1930) 77
5 The Vargas Era (1930-1954) 97
6 Dictatorship and Democracy (1954-1998) 121
7 Political Culture 147
8 Social and Economic Realities 167
Notable People in the History of Brazil 185
Glossary of Selected Terms 191
Bibliographic Essay 195
Index 203
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