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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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Brazol Mansur rated it it was amazing Jul 21, Cambridge University Press Amazon. A professor of political science at the University of Sao Paulo, Fausto is one of the most articulate, well-known historians of 20th-century Brazil; his numerous historical publications form an This book took a very political and economics focused approach to Brazil’s history.

At a stroke, Brazil became the centre of the Portuguese world.

A Concise History of Brazil by Boris Fausto

By the s coffee had become the principal export. Before extensive travel in Brazil, this is a must read. No trivia or quizzes yet. In fausro between long-term and immediate causes for the hitory of a centralised Empire by a federal republic, Fausto does not neglect other factors such a the increasing presence of the Army in politics after the Paraguayan Wardisputes with the Roman Catholic church and the identification of younger army officers and important sections of the urban bourgeoisie with the cause of republicanism.

All political actors seemed to be of the opinion that a democratic solution to the problems confronting the system was impossible. Apr 04, Rob rated it really liked it.


Having moved to Brazil I only had a vague idea of the history of this great place, based on the European view. Moreover, trailblazers from Brazil settled regions technically falling within the control of Spain, pushing the frontier outward to the west and south.

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A Concise History of Brazil. It was more effective when ordering dispute from within than without. Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Bori For Fausto, commenting on a theme that he has made his own, the Vargas regime was authoritarian, centralist and pragmatic, a combination essential to further a national project of technocratic modernisation.

Although it can and should be considered an academic book, A Concise History is not a boring reading at all.

A Concise History of Brazil

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A dense and tedious walk through Brazilian history. In writing about fauto colonial period, Fausto attempts to recapture the ‘silent presence’ of Amerindians and incorporates new approaches to the study of family and society. Buckman Snippet view – Here there is detail and informative, interpretive comment. However, by this stage Brazilian society and economy have become much more complex.

Refresh and try again. Perhaps, like the Empire, the Old Republic died of a hardening of the arteries. Jun 21, Karl Reinhard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sugar, much more than brazil wood, tobacco or gemstones and gold discovered in significant quantities in the sconciee the great colonial staple and configured economy and society for centuries.


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 ‘national’ institution. Paperbackpages.

Enter different views og several historians. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By official decree, Brazil celebrates its booris anniversary in Jan 24, Marcio Rafael Maciel rated it liked it Shelves: Also, the new part of the second edition, the last chapter, seems to be an essay from somewhere elseā€”it’s translated by someone else, and it repeats a lot from the previous chapter.

Remarkable in this respect, the country nevertheless faces problems of social and ethnic disparity as well as of preservation and adequate use of its natural resources. Oct 15, Maria Fernanda Gonzalez rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

There was also a widening ‘social gap’, environmental degradation and increasing external exposure. With the movement of the coffee frontier came slavery, at least initially. Economic interventionism, particularly the promotion of manufacturing, and attempts to maintain social control through co-option gradually became the defining characteristics of the new system.