From Library Journal
The important issues of race and miscegenation in Brazil have been of interest to scholars for many years. Schwarcz (anthropology, Univ. of Sao Paulo) here examines turn-of-the-century Brazilian scientific views on race. After discussing the prevalent 19th-century European ideas of human evolution that condemned miscegenation, Schwarcz looks at the reaction of Brazilian scientists to those ideas. She suggests that though they accepted the fundamentals of the racist theories of the day, they discarded those ideas that condemned the racial mixture so prevalent in Brazil. Schwarcz's revisionist work rejects the accepted view that 19th-century Brazilian scientists merely borrowed European theories. She suggests that instead they adapted foreign ideas, keeping those theories that appeared to have application in Brazil and rejecting those that were problematic. Of value for libraries with Latin American and multicultural collections.AMark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT
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"Schwarcz’s book creatively examines the prominent role that the idea of race has played in the development of Brazil’s scientific and historical institutions. It introduces this fascinating history to a wider American readership, and it contributes enormously to the historiography of Brazilian thought and institutions. It will be of great interest to specialists and non-specialists alike."- Melissa Nobles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology