• Cloth: $129.95 - In Stock
  • Paperback: $29.95 - In Stock
  • Quantity
  • Add To Bag
  • Acknowledgments  xv
    Introduction  1
    I. Conquest and Colonial Rule, 1500-1579  1
    II. Sugar and Slavery in the Atlantic World, 1580-1694  49
    III. Gold and the New Colonial Order, 1695-1807   91
    IV. The Portuguese Royal Family in Rio de Janeiro, 1801-1821  131
    V. From Independence to the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1822-1850  163
    VI. Coffee, the Empire, and Abolition, 1851-1888  205
    VII. Republican Brazil and the Onset of Modernization, 1889-1929  261
    VIII. Getúlio Vargas, the Estado Novo, and World War II, 1930-1945  321
    IX. Democratic Governance and Developmentalism, 1946-1964  363
    X. The Generals in Power and the Fight for Democracy, 1964-1985  427
    XI. Redemocratization and the New Global Economy, 1895-Present  497
    Suggestions for Further Reading  547
    Brazil in the Movies  557
    Acknowledgments of Copyrights and Sources  567
    Index  577
  • “A marvelous introduction to Brazil, this book truly captures the complex history of our diverse nation. In the process, it highlights the triumphs and setbacks of the many movements and people who have fought for democracy and social justice in Brazil across time.” — Dilma Rousseff

    “Spanning more than five hundred years of Brazilian history and culture, this splendid volume sets a new standard for country readers. Thoroughly revised, the second edition of The Brazil Reader offers a remarkable range of documents, all deftly contextualized, through which we can hear the voices of Brazil and fully appreciate the many stories that constitute its history. In each section the carefully selected primary sources and occasional book excerpts acquaint the reader with key economic, political, and cultural trends, as well as the long history of struggles for social justice. I can think of no better entrée to Brazil's history and culture in all of its complexity and diversity.” — Barbara Weinstein, author of, The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil

  • Permission to Photocopy (coursepacks)

    If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.com;

    If the Copyright Clearance Center cannot grant permission, you may request permission from our Copyrights & Permissions Manager (use Contact Information listed below).

    Permission to Reprint

    If you are requesting permission to reprint DUP material (journal or book selection) in another book or in any other format, contact our Copyrights & Permissions Manager (use Contact Information listed below).


    Many images/art used in material copyrighted by Duke University Press are controlled, not by the Press, but by the owner of the image. Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. You must obtain permission directly from the owner of the image. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions@dukeupress.edu.
    For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department.

    Subsidiary Rights/Foreign Translations

    If you're interested in a Duke University Press book for subsidiary rights/translations, please contact permissions@dukeupress.edu. Include the book title/author, rights sought, and estimated print run.

    Disability Requests

    Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

    Rights & Permissions Contact Information

    Email: permissions@dukeupress.edu
    Email contact for coursepacks: asstpermissions@dukeupress.edu
    Fax: 919-688-4574
    Duke University Press
    Rights and Permissions
    905 W. Main Street
    Suite 18B
    Durham, NC 27701

    For all requests please include:
    1. Author's name. If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor's name also.
    2. Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book
    3. Page numbers (if excerpting, provide specifics)
    For coursepacks, please also note: The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting
    For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought
  • Description

    From the first encounters between the Portuguese and indigenous peoples in 1500 to the current political turmoil, the history of Brazil is much more complex and dynamic than the usual representations of it as the home of Carnival, soccer, the Amazon, and samba would suggest. This extensively revised and expanded second edition of the best-selling Brazil Reader dives deep into the past and present of a country marked by its geographical vastness and cultural, ethnic, and environmental diversity. Containing over one hundred selections—many of which appear in English for the first time and which range from sermons by Jesuit missionaries and poetry to political speeches and biographical portraits of famous public figures, intellectuals, and artists—this collection presents the lived experience of Brazilians from all social and economic classes, racial backgrounds, genders, and political perspectives over the past half millennium. Whether outlining the legacy of slavery, the roles of women in Brazilian public life, or the importance of political and social movements, The Brazil Reader provides an unparalleled look at Brazil’s history, culture, and politics.

    About The Author(s)

    James N. Green is Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History and Director of the Brazil Initiative at Brown University.

    Victoria Langland is Associate Professor of History and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan.

    Lilia Moritz Schwarcz is Professor of Anthropology at the University of São Paulo, Visiting Professor at Princeton University, and Curator at the Art Museum of São Paulo (MASP).
Explore More

Create a reading list or add to an existing list. Sign-in or register now to continue.

Contact Us

  • Duke University Press
  • 905 W. Main St. Ste 18-B
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • U.S. phone (toll-free): 888-651-0122
  • International: 1-919-688-5134
  • orders@dukeupress.edu