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Brazil : a biography

Author: Lilia Moritz Schwarcz; Heloisa Maria Murgel Starling
Publisher: [London], UK : Allen Lane, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since Europeans first reached Brazil in 1500 it has been an unfailing source of extraordinary fascination. More than any other part of the 'New World' it displayed both the greatest beauty and grandeur and witnessed scenes of the most terrible European ferocity. Its native people both revolutionized Europe's ideas of itself and were then subject to extermination. For white settlers Brazil's opportunities seemed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lilia Moritz Schwarcz; Heloisa Maria Murgel Starling
ISBN: 184614793X 9781846147937
OCLC Number: 1020863936
Language Note: Translated from Portuguese.
Description: xxvi, 760 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. First Came the Name, and then the Land Called Brazil --
2. The Sugar Civilization: Bitter for the Many, Sweet for a Few --
3. Tit for Tat: Slavery and the Naturalization of Violence --
4. Gold! --
5. Revolt, Conspiracy and Sedition in the Tropical Paradise --
6. Ship Ahoy! A Court at Sea --
7. Dom Joao and his Court in the Tropics --
8. The Father Leaves, the Son Remains --
9. Independence Habemus: Instability in the First Empire --
10. Regencies, or the Sound of Silence --
11. The Second Reign: At Last, a Nation in the Tropics --
12. The End of the Monarchy in Brazil --
13. The First Republic: The People Take to the Streets --
14. Samba, Malandragem, Authoritarianism: The Birth of Modern Brazil --
15. Yes, We Have Democracy! --
16. The 1950s and 1960s: Bossa Nova, Democracy and Underdevelopment --
17. On a Knife Edge: Dictatorship, Opposition and Resistance --
18. On the Path to Democracy: The Transition to Civilian Power and the Ambiguities and Legacy of the Military Dictatorship.
Other Titles: Brasil.
Responsibility: Lilia Moritz Schwarcz and Heloisa Maria Murgel Starling.

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"Since Europeans first reached Brazil in 1500 it has been an unfailing source of extraordinary fascination. More than any other part of the 'New World' it displayed both the greatest beauty and grandeur and witnessed scenes of the most terrible European ferocity. Its native people both revolutionized Europe's ideas of itself and were then subject to extermination. For white settlers Brazil's opportunities seemed endless, for imported black slaves it was a hell on earth. 'Brazil: A Biography', written by two of Brazil's leading historians and a bestseller in Brazil itself, is a remarkable attempt to convey the overwhelming diversity and challenges of this huge country from its origins to the 21st century - larger than the contiguous USA and still in some regions not fully mapped. The book's major themes are the near-continuous battles to create both political institutions and social frameworks that would allow stable growth, legal norms and protection for all its citizens. Brazil's failure to achieve these except in the very short term has been tragic, but even in the 21st century it remains one of the world's great experiments - creative, harsh, unique and as compelling a story for its inhabitants as for outsiders."--

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