The Brazil Reader

History, Culture, Politics

Book Pages: 608 Illustrations: 104 illustrations, incl. 13 in color Published: January 2019

General Interest > Travel, History > Latin American History, Latin American Studies > Brazil

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.


"Now in its second edition, The Brazil Reader is much more than just an update; it is essentially a different volume. . . .  This edition features a Brazilian historiographical influence that prioritizes documents written by Brazilian historical figures over those by foreign observers. This edition also has added attention to earlier historical periods that are imperative to understanding modern Brazil. More focus is given to recent views on race, gender, and culture. A suggestion to librarians: do not deselect the first edition. The differences between the two volumes merit keeping both. Essential. All levels." — M. L. Grover, Choice

“The editors’ language and writing style is accessible to most readers and each section and chapter is expertly explained and outlined. . . . It should become a must-read volume for undergraduate and graduate students of Brazil, as well as the general public who are also interested in Brazil.” — Alan P. Marcus, Journal of Latin American Geography

“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


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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).

Table of Contents Back to Top
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
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-7107-6 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-7092-5
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