Soldiers of the Pátria: A History of the Brazilian Army, 1889-1937

Soldiers of the Pátria: A History of the Brazilian Army, 1889-1937

by Frank D. McCann


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This book provides an authoritative history of the Brazilian army from the army’s overthrow of the monarchy in 1889 to its support of the coup that established Brazil’s first civilian dictatorship in 1937. The period between these two events laid the political foundations of modern Brazil—a period in which the army served as the core institution of an expanding and modernizing Brazilian state.
The book is based on detailed research in Brazilian, British, American, and French archives, and on numerous interviews with surviving military and civilian leaders. It also makes extensive use of hitherto unused internal army documents, as well as of private correspondence and diaries. It is thus able to shed new light on the army’s personnel and ethos, on its ties with civilian elites, on the consequences of military professionalization, and on how the army reinvented itself after the collapse of its command structure in the crisis of 1930—a reinvention that allowed the army to become the backbone of the post-1937 dictatorship of Getulio Vargas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804732222
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2003
Edition description: 1
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Frank D. McCann is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He is author of The Brazilian-American Alliance 1937- 1945 , runner-up for the Bolton Prize and winner of the 1975 Bernath Prize .

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
List of Tablesxi
1.Republican Turmoil1
2.Reform and Construction64
3.Advance of Sabers106
4.Patriotism and Modernization158
5.Professionalism and Rebellion191
6.The Army of the 1920s220
7.The Revolution of 1930259
8.The Army and Revolutionary Politics301
9.Security of the Patria344
10.The Army and Ideological Politics372
11.The Generals and the Estado Novo405
Select Bibliography551

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