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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Concurrently, mercantilist commercial regulations were lifted, soon to be replaced by a commercial treaty with Britain that virtually imposed free trade on Brazil.

Emile rated it really liked it Oct 22, As the title says, it’s a concise history of the country, and it does encompasses it all.

I’m hoping to augment this book with a more culturally focused history text, but it was a good introduction if not much else. Certainly, both conckse to a renew impetus in favour of political centralisation. Coffee and slavery financed the Empire and bound the elite together.

By the monarchy was no longer necessary for unity or order. Omar Villa Hernandez rated it liked it Jul 17, 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.

A Concise History of Brazil. Vausto University PressAug 11, – History. Moreover, in following too closely a conventional periodisation, Fausto underplays some of the continuities hinted at in the narrative, not least in economic institutions and policies.

A Concise History of Brazil by Boris Fausto

Historical accounts are often considered to be less time sensitive but Boris Fausto’s story of Brazil, while as good an introduction as you could hope for in almost every way, would really benefit from an update.

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Brazilian territorial unity and national identity were forged throughout the nineteenth century, after the proclamation of in A Concise History of Brazil covers almost years of Brazilian history, from the arrival of the Portuguese in the New World to the political events that defined the transition in recent years from an authoritarian to a democratic political regime.


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

The expert will appreciate efforts to capture issues and controversies in the historiography and to present them in a digestible fashion.

In the major cities, political participation grew after and electoral politics became more competitive. Economic interventionism, particularly the promotion of manufacturing, and attempts to maintain social control through co-option gradually became the defining characteristics of the new system. Cambridge University PressApr 28, – History – pages. A professor of political science at the University of Sao Paulo, Fausto is one of the most articulate, well-known historians of 20th-century Brazil; his numerous historical publications form an A Concise History offers the non-expert reader a broad panorama of Brazilian history.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Thais Santos-Ammons rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Whether this device, or the realisation of contending regional elites by the s that provincial challenges to central authority were economically damaging and threatened popular rebellion, secured the unity of the country it a moot point.

There was also a widening ‘social gap’, environmental degradation and increasing external exposure. Elly Mansur rated it it was amazing Jul 21, May 01, Sytse rated it it was amazing Shelves: There was rapid growth and economic diversification.

At a stroke, Brazil became the centre of the Portuguese world. There was torture, summary executions, ‘disappearances’ and violent repression especially in the countrysidelabour organisations and the universities were intervened and the political rights of many were suspended.

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. Yet the republic that emerged was positivist and oligarchic. However, by this stage Brazilian society and economy have become much more complex.


References to this book Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies: Although it can and should be considered an academic book, A Concise History is not a boring reading at all.

This is not so say that cruder methods of repression were not frequently deployed. However, it’s one of the best parts of the book, so I would strongly encourage you to get the second edition. Coffee made the Empire, it also undermined the monarchical system. The experiment with ‘open’ democracy between and owed much to the ‘urbanisation’ of politics, thought not necessarily the urbanisation of political institutions.

Lums Cants rated it liked it Oct 19, Remarkable in this respect, the country nevertheless faces problems of social and ethnic disparity as well as of preservation and adequate use of its natural resources.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian regime did not embark on a course of systematic violence similar to that observed in concixe Argentine and Chile. A professor of political science at the University of Sao Paulo, Fausto is one of the most articulate, well-known historians of 20th-century Brazil; his numerous historical publications form an When they say concise, they really mean concise. New actors thought not necessarily new classes were clamouring brazol access to power, notably urban groups and those who saw the future of Brazil as less connected with export-agriculture.

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A Concise History of Brazil

Georgia Soares rated it it was ok Jul 03, 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 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.

Selected pages Page xvii. The First Republic