The second edition of A Concise History of Brazil offers a sweeping yet accessible history of Latin America’s largest country. Boris Fausto. A Concise History of Brazil covers almost years of Brazilian history, from the arrival of the Portuguese in the New World to the political. It’s no mean feat to tell the unruly story of a country as large, diverse and divided as Brazil in one volume of narrative history. But Fausto succeeds admirably in.

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Displays preset a formally different aspects of Brazil since its inception.

A Concise History of Brazil by Boris Fausto

Avoid unless you are a professional. While Brazil survived as a single polity, in the face of the Balkanisation of other parts of Latin America, the transition from colony to nation and the continuity of monarchy was far from peaceful and unity far from inevitable.

Economic interventionism, particularly the promotion of manufacturing, and attempts to borid social control through co-option gradually became the defining characteristics of the new system.

Often narrates events by synthesizing differing interpretations in historiography of key issues: In other words, it was a bit dry.

Perhaps I hoped for too much, and maybe this is more appropriate for the professional historian, but detailing the historiography of the work, continually backing up general points with myriad statistics, and referencing future events before formally introducing them all come together to make this book totally inappropriate for the novice to Brazilian history.

Writing a survey of Brazilian history is to engage with many controversies – confronting analyses that present history as moments of abrupt change or ‘missed opportunities’, as constant progress versus inertia, as ethnic diversity and a culture of tolerance against enduring inequity, poverty and violence.

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Cambridge University Press Amazon. This book is an absolute must read for everybody that wants to learn about Brazilian History.

Before extensive travel in Brazil, this is a must read. This is not so say that cruder methods of repression were not frequently deployed. Skip to main content. Not that the regime was unchanging nor, at the outset, expected to last so long.

Establishing a new order was associated with the settlement of intra-regional oligarchic conflict and constructing a central mechanism capable of arbitrating intra- and inter-regional disputes – possibly the emergence of a political class.


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Return to Book Page. Brief Term of Fernando Collor in Office. Robin Hoffman rated it really liked it Jul 13, Not until some years after the s coup did it emerge that the Vargas regime was going to preside over the formation of a new, centralised state that enjoyed greater autonomy from sectional or sectoral interests than its predecessor. At a stroke, Brazil became the centre of the Portuguese world. Not in doubt was the developmentalist option to industrialise, a programme supported by the industrial lobby, clncise of the old political class, some sections of the rural elites conciise state-controlled organised labour.

Elly Mansur rated it it was amazing Jul 21, Colonial Brazil was shaped by European expansion overseas from the fifteenth century onwards. If you have interest in the developments in South America in general, this is a good addition to your bookshelf. They cram half a millennium of history into pages, mostly by cutting to the chaseā€”it’s almost all summary of events, and there are very few cobcise documents.

A Concise History of Brazil

I’m hoping to augment this book with a more culturally focused history text, but it was a good introduction if not much else. Bboris said, one of the peculiarities of late colonial Brazil was the prevalence of the institution of slavery. Brazil is unique in the Americas in that independence from the mother country was ‘presided’ over by the heir to the metropolitan throne. Some of my friends had told me previously that it was a bit tendentious, but I think the author described the different political tendencies that emerged in Brazil throughout its history with reasonably fairness.

The Democratic Experiment However, by this stage Brazilian society and economy have become much more complex. Slave ownership permeated much of society and would become even more diffused in the immediate post-Independence decades. Sugar, much more than brazil wood, tobacco or gemstones and gold discovered in significant quantities in the swas the great colonial staple fuasto configured economy and society for centuries.

Other books in the series. Jan 24, Marcio Rafael Maciel rated it liked it Shelves: However, with the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the s and a flourishing internal slave trade in the s and s, when labour was transferred from sugar estates in the north-east to dynamic coffee regions, slavery became less of a hishory institution. The Vargas State Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies: Buckman Snippet view – Cambridge University PressApr 28, – History – pages.


A Concise History of Brazil. Popular passages Page – immigration during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.

New actors thought not necessarily new classes were clamouring for access to power, notably urban groups and those who saw the future of Brazil as less connected with export-agriculture.

Treats colonial and 19th-century history seriously as concisr history; one-third of book covers A good narrative of Brazil’s history, from the colonial to the modern periods. Economic interventionism and social action were grafted on to an existing authoritarian tradition, a tendency fostered by the ideological rivalries of the time and growing tension in the cities. Paperbackpages. This book emphasizes topics that have deeply influenced the historical formation of Brazil and affected its existence to the present day, such as the destruction of Indian civilizations, slavery and massive immigration throughout the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.

By reading this book and remembering the details, one can really understand how different states and cities made up the mosaic of Brazil. In a completely new chapter, his son Sergio Fausto, a prominent tausto scientist, brings the history up to the present, focusing on Brazil’s increasing global economic importance as well as its continued democratic development and the challenges the country faces to meet the higher expectations of its people.

Selected pages Page xvii.

Are these the legacies of Portuguese colonialism, of the endurance of slavery until almost the end of the nineteenth century or of rapid industrialisation in the second half of the twentieth? Suffice it to say if, like me, you wanted to learn about Brazil within the confines of an entertaining read this is definitely not the book for you. However, it’s one of the best parts of the book, so I would strongly encourage you to get the second fauusto.

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