The second edition of A Concise History of Brazil offers a sweeping yet accessible history of Latin America’s largest country. Boris Fausto. A Concise History of Brazil covers almost years of Brazilian history, from the arrival of the Portuguese in the New World to the political. It’s no mean feat to tell the unruly story of a country as large, diverse and divided as Brazil in one volume of narrative history. But Fausto succeeds admirably in.

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Sugar, much more than brazil wood, tobacco or gemstones and gold discovered in significant quantities in the swas the great colonial staple and configured economy and society for centuries. Perhaps I hoped for too much, and maybe this is more appropriate for the professional historian, but detailing the historiography of the work, continually backing up general points with myriad statistics, and referencing future events before formally introducing them all come together to make this book totally inappropriate for the novice to Brazilian history.

Yet, as Fausto has written elsewhere, and emphasises here, in the nature of the break with the personalities and the institutions of the past was far from clear.

Jun 21, Karl Reinhard rated it it was amazing Shelves: This stance also q Vargas’ return to power in as a democratically elected president. Economic interventionism and social action were grafted on to an existing authoritarian tradition, a tendency fostered by the ideological rivalries of the time and growing tension in the cities.

Cambridge University Press Amazon. With organised unrest in the countryside, arguably for the first time in the history of the country, urban worker protest about the cost of living and the radicalisation of sections of the Roman Catholic church, the democratic experiment was depicted as fostering revolution from below. All political actors seemed to be of the opinion that a democratic solution to the problems confronting the system was impossible. Buckman Snippet view – Jan 24, Marcio Rafael Maciel rated it liked it Shelves: Elly Mansur rated it it was amazing Jul 21, Cambridge University PressApr 28, – History – pages.


Displays preset a formally different aspects of Brazil since its inception. Fausto is less confident when dealing with economic policy and external relations. However, by this stage Brazilian society and economy have become much more complex. There is an excessive recourse to colloquialisms and less subtlety in the language – for example, Kubitschek’s Programa de Metas becomes ‘Program of Goals’ rather than the more usual and accurate ‘Programme of Targets’. In writing about the colonial period, Fausto attempts to recapture the ‘silent presence’ of Amerindians and incorporates new approaches to the study of family and society.

Through its entirety, the text mainly focused on who was in power, what their economic objectives were, what the repercussions of the policy were on Brazil, and what was the general sentiment of the people concerning the situation.

A Concise History of Brazil by Boris Fausto

Fausto shows how, by the early s, these arrangements were in place. From inside the book. Moreover, even the internal trade could not satisfy the cocise demands of coffee – subsidised immigration became the preferred alternative by the s. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Stabilization and Structural Reforms. The language – and level boriss detail about various political scandals – was often a challenge, but overall a great book that’s given me a much better understanding of Brazil and its society.

They cram half a millennium of history into pages, mostly by cutting to the chaseā€”it’s almost all summary of events, and there are very few primary documents. Finding solutions may prove more problematic. A Concise History of Brazil.

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This book, although at times it was somewhat tough to read, gave me a much better understanding of what this country is about, and how it has remained so homogeneous despite the vastness of the area. A couple borjs notes: In differentiating between long-term and immediate causes for the substitution of a centralised Empire by a federal republic, Fausto does not neglect other factors such a the increasing presence of the Army in politics after the Paraguayan Wardisputes with the Roman Catholic church and the identification of younger army officers and important sections of the urban bourgeoisie with the cause of republicanism.


The most distinguished historian of Brazil of his generation, Boris Fausto has chosen a broad-brush historical narrative approach, punctuated by a discussion of key controversies in the historiography.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies: Published April 28th by Cambridge University Press first published This is because the past two decades have been so monumental that they shed new light on earlier times. Good summary discussion of demography and class structure, but little overt explanation of political culture and almost no references to folkways and the arts”–Handbook of Latin American Studies, v.

A Concise History of Brazil

Refresh and try again. Not in doubt was the developmentalist option to industrialise, a programme supported by the industrial lobby, part of the old brazll class, some sections of the rural elites and state-controlled organised labour.

This book took a very political and economics focused boirs to Brazil’s history. Having intensified aroundstate terrorism became less historyy by the early s as the so-called economic miracle became manifest. The Democratic Experiment In describing the formative period of the Empire, he stresses internal challenges to statehood and unity, in part to correct over-drawn contrasts with Spanish America.

On occasions, these topics appear as an after-thought, included at those points where they cause least disruption to the flow of the main narrative. It was also unstable.

Cambridge University Press Amazon. For Fausto, commenting on a theme that he has made his own, the Vargas historu was authoritarian, centralist and pragmatic, a combination essential to further a national project of technocratic modernisation.

The connexion with England also explains histoey peculiar nature of the transition from colony to independent Empire. Books by Boris Fausto.

The second edition of A Concise History of Brazil offers a sweeping yet accessible history of Latin America’s largest country.

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