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The History of Brazil (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations (Paperback)) 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (October 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403962553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403962553
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As an American who recently moved to Brazil, I was glad to read a one-volume history of the country written by someone who clearly has an encyclopedic knowledge. However, although the book has fascinating and useful information, it is marred by amazingly slip-shod editing - or perhaps it would be more accurate to say by apparently no editing whatsoever. The book reads as if the author had synthesized it from his previous works and stitched it together in great haste. Thus we read that the first European colonizers "did not know what to make of the peoples they encountered. They stood in awe of the virgin forests, which seemed to be as old as the world." (p.32 in the Palgrave Macmillan paperback edition) But just two pages later we are told that "the Portuguese did not know what to make of the peoples they encountered there. They stood in awe of virgin forests." Or this: "The causes for the civilian-military coup that now overthrew still another constitutional Brazilian government had many causes." (p.123)
Reading "A History of Brazil" is like watching a good film on a faulty projector: you are glad you sat through it, but you can't forget all the annoying moments when the film skipped or went out of focus.
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This book is far more than a recitation of historical facts; it ties together the evolution of political, economic, cultural and social forces to show how Brazil came to be today. It's well worth reading; by a serious scholar, and with an excellent bibliography.
However, it presents the material from a particular viewpoint that makes its coverage somewhat selective, and possibly misleading on some topics. The underlying assumption of the book is that Brazil up until the 1990's was divided into a well-to-do politically empowered elite and an impoverished and mostly illiterate underclass, with little social mobility and no political influence. This assumption is too simplistic. At least by 1960 there was a large and thriving middle class, ranging from skilled industrial workers to well-educated professionals and a great number of independent small businessmen. Although these people were generally not rich, they could lead reasonably comfortable lives, and their political influence was (and has continued to be) much greater than Levine makes clear. For example, the social unrest that led to the military 1964 coup against President Goulart was most prominent in the middle class; I can testify to that because I was there while the strikes, demonstrations and protests were becoming more and more vigorous during 1961, '62 and '63, and I saw where the impetus was coming from.
A key fact that few Americans know (and even many Brazilians don't know) is that over the last 200+ years, the average rate of growth of GDP in Brazil has been higher than the average rate of growth of GDP in the United States.
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Format: Paperback
Foreigners have been writing about Brazil since it was "discovered" in 1500, with varying degrees of success and, in many cases, have tarred it with clichéd images that do not reflect reality.

Of the modern works, I would highly recommend Joseph Page's "The Brazilians" and advise readers to steer clear of Peter Robb's "Death in Brazil" which is one of the worst books I have ever read.*

Levine's attempt is a short academic history rather than a travel book or personal account of living in Brazil and gives a good introduction and incisive view of how Brazil is so different from the other countries in Latin America. Unfortunately, it ends in 1999 just before Lula became president and Brazil assumed a more prominent role on the world stage. Time for an update, Mr. Publisher if you read this!

Trying to encapsulate this story into a short volume is a hard task especially when you consider that Brazil is the size of a continent and one of the most racially-mixed, regionally-divided and socially-unequal countries in the world.

Brazil has always been different from other Latin American countries. While Spain's Latin American colonies broke into a number of separate states after bloody conflicts with Spain and each other, Brazil remained united and its independence from Portugal was relatively peaceful.

Brazil was also officially an empire for over 60 years and expanded its territory by force, coercion and diplomacy although modern Brazilians who complain about American and European imperialism do not like to be reminded of this.

It was dominated for 30 years in the mid-20th century by dictator Getulio Vargas who managed to bring opposing sides together in a way that marks Brazilian political life and baffles foreigners.
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A general history of \Brazil for those who wish to understand this complex and important South American country. . Worth reading for those who know little of the larger context and timeline. The historical struggle between the rich and the poor, the many diverse cultures that have contributed to the rich history of the Brazilian people are clarified and the potential world-power building there are revealed.
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