A Concise History of Brazil by Boris Fausto
(Cambridge Concise Histories)

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A Concise History of Brazil covers almost 500 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. Brazilian territorial unity and national identity were forged throughout the nineteenth century, after the proclamation of independence in 1822, resulting in a nation with one common language and wide ethnic and racial variety. 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. This book emphasizes topics that have deeply influenced the historical formation of Brazil and affected its existence to the present day, such as the destruction of Indian civilizations, slavery and massive immigration throughout the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.

About Boris Fausto

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Boris Fausto is a renowned Brazilian historian and political scientist. He is a retired Professor of Political Science at the University of Sao Paulo.
Published April 28, 1999 by Cambridge University Press. 362 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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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.

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