The second edition of A Concise History of Brazil offers a sweeping yet accessible history of Latin America's largest country. Boris Fausto examines Brazil's history from the arrival of the Portuguese in the New World through the long and sometimes rocky transition from independence in 1822 to democracy in the twentieth century. In a completely new chapter, his son Sergio Fausto, a prominent political scientist, brings the history up to the present, focusing on Brazil's increasing global economic importance as well as its continued democratic development and the challenges the country faces to meet the higher expectations of its people.
Boris Fausto is a renowned Brazilian historian and political scientist. He is a retired Professor of Political Science at the University of Sao Paulo. Sergio Fausto is a political scientist and executive director of the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Institute, a Brazilian think tank.
1. Colonial Brazil (1500-1822); 2. Imperial Brazil (1822-89); 3. The first republic (1889-1930); 4. The Vargas state (1930-45); 5. The democratic experiment (1945-64); 6. The military government and the transition to democracy (1964-84); 7. Modernization under democracy (1985-2010).