Naked Tropics: Essays on Empire and Other Rogues / Edition 1

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
This volume brings together 16 essays by an eminent scholar of things Brazilian and Portuguese. With one exception, the pieces were published between 1991 and 2001, half of them in The New York Review of Books or Folha de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil's leading newspapers, and they demonstrate Maxwell's sweeping range. Perhaps the only scholar in the English-speaking world capable of skillfully handling all of Luso-Brazilian history, Maxwell writes about subjects as diverse as Columbus, pirates of the Caribbean, the history of chocolate, Jesuits, the Amazon, the slave trade and Yale University, Macao, and the late historian C. R. Boxer. In two of the most interesting essays, he ruminates on the differences between the processes of independence in Brazil and Spanish America and discusses Thomas Jefferson's friendship with the Portuguese intellectual Abbe Jose Correa da Serra, whom Jefferson called the "most learned man I have met in any country." Bracketing the collection are two autobiographical chapters on Maxwell's introduction to Brazil and Portugal. Naked Tropics is the fruit of 40 years of transatlantic travels and study, exposing the reader to many facets of the Luso-Brazilian world and its most astute historical interpreter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415945776
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: New World in the Atlantic World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,508,285
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Maxwell holds the Nelson and David Rockefeller Chair in Inter-American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Western Hemisphere book reviewer for Foreign Affairs. Dr. Maxwell has taught at Yale, Princeton, and Columbia Universities and the University of Kansas. He was educated at Cambridge University and at Princeton.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 First Encounters 1
Ch. 2 Adios Columbus! 13
Ch. 3 Chocolate 37
Ch. 4 Pirate Democracy 47
Ch. 5 Hegemonies Old and New 61
Ch. 6 The Spark: The Amazon and the Suppression of the Jesuits 91
Ch. 7 The Idea of the Luso-Brazilian Empire 109
Ch. 8 Why Was Brazil Different?: The Contexts of Independence 145
Ch. 9 The Odd Couple: Jefferson and the Abbe 171
Ch. 10 A Story of Slavery, Sex, and Mammon 187
Ch. 11 The Tragedy of the Amazon 199
Ch. 12 Chico Mendes 219
Ch. 13 The Two Brazils 243
Ch. 14 Macao: Shadow Land 257
Ch. 15 Heroes and Traitors 291
Ch. 16 Orfeu 305
Sources of Publications 311
Abbreviations 313
Index 315
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