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From the Publisher"Brazil … [is] already the seventh largest economy in the world and is poised to become the fifth largest by mid-century. And yet, to foreigners it remains a broadly exotic country … Part of the reason why [it] remains a known unknown to the world at large is the lack of an authoritative account of the historical trends that have defined modern Brazilian society and economy. With the publication of [this book] this will no longer be the case. Eminent economic historians [Luna and Klein] provide a detailed analysis of the evolution of Brazilian society and economy from the end of the empire to the present day. Led by the fluent prose and the deep knowledge of the authors, readers will marvel at the deep changes that have occurred in more than a century of Brazil’s history and at the extraordinary position in which the nation now finds itself …"
Edmar Bacha, Casa das Garças Institute of Economic Policy Studies
"Economists and politicians who like to talk about crisis and performance must read this book. It puts together with rigor and completeness the history of Brazil for the last 150 years and provides the data on the economy, the demography, the urbanization, and much more that social scientists need to understand the development of Brazil today. It is a valuable contribution by two well-known historians."
Joao Sayad, University of Sao Paolo