Over time, Brazil has evolved into a well-defined nation with a strong sense of identity. From the natural beauty of the Amazon River to the exciting resort city of Rio de Janeiro, from soccer champion Pele to classical musician Villa Lobos, Brazil is known as a distinctive, diverse country. This book provides a well-rounded, brief history of Brazil that uniquely focuses on both the politics and culture of the republic. Colin MacLachlan uses a political narrative to frame the evolution of national culture and the formation of national identity. He evaluates Brazilian myths, stereotypes, and icons such as soccer and dancing as part of the historical analysis. A History of Modern Brazil will inform and entertain students in courses on Brazil and modern Latin America.
Colin M. MacLachlan is the John Christy Barr Distinguished Professor of History at Tulane University and former chair of the history department. He is the author of numerous books and articles on a wide range of Latin American topics.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Chronology Chapter 3 Glossary Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 The Imperial Experience Chapter 6 Ascendant Republic Chapter 7 Republican Complexity Chapter 8 The Vargas Regime and Its Legacy Chapter 9 Under Army Command Chapter 10 Resurrection Chapter 11 Brazil in the New Century Chapter 12 The Historical Trajectory Chapter 13 Selected Bibliography Chapter 14 Index