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Title:
A brief history of Brazil
Author:
Meade, Teresa A., 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xx, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Land and people before and after Portuguese exploration (prehistory to 1530) -- Portuguese colony (1530-1800) -- Society in early Brazil : slavery, patriarchy, and the church (1530-1889) -- From colony to republic (1800-1889)-- Constructing a nation of free laborers in the 19th and early 20th centuries -- Society and politics in the first republic (1890-1930) -- From Getulio Vargas to the military coup (1930-1964) -- From military dictatorship to democracy (1964-2002) -- Popular dulture : music, sports, and television in today's Brazil -- Brazil at the beginning of the 21st century.
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ISBN:
9780816057184
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Book

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Central Library F2521 .M43 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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This work offers a concise yet comprehensive account of the rich and varied history of Brazil, placing the political, economic and cultural events of today into broad historical context.


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Only slightly smaller in size than the United States, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. It is home to exotic Rio de Janeiro, the mighty Amazon River, the world-renowned Carnival, and shrinking rainforests. A Brief History of Brazil offers a concise yet comprehensive account of the rich and varied history of Brazil, placing the political, economic, and cultural events of today into broad historical context. The book opens with an overview of pre-colonial Brazil and goes on to examine the history of Portuguese exploration, through the early years of the slave trade between Africa and the Americas, and the creation of the largest slaveholding society in the modern world. During this era, a vibrant African culture left its mark, joined by influences from European, Asian, and Middle Eastern immigrants, all of which combined to create modern Brazil. After a short-lived First Republic at the turn of the 20th century, Brazil experienced more than three decades of military dictatorship before it developed the vibrant democracy that characterizes the country today. A Brief History of Brazil also examines key historical figures and the hallmarks of Brazilian popular culture: soccer, Carnival, music, and television dramas. Special attention is given to:The relationship between slavery and the economic development of BrazilThe role of women in early Brazilian societyBrazil's labor movement under Luís Inácio Lula da Silva ("Lula")Popular culture: music, sports, and televisionEnvironmental concerns in modern Brazil. Excerpted from A Brief History of Brazil by Teresa Meade All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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