History of Brazil

History 143

Fall 2005
106 Moffitt
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30

Brazilian history will be surveyed in terms of the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society, with readings and lectures organized around key themes in social history. After briefly addressing the colonial legacy (1500-1822), we will begin with the plantation society that characterized Brazil's late nineteenth-century Empire (1822-1889), paying special attention to the aftermath of the abolition of slavery and the arrival of a republic. Brazil's early republican era (1889-1930) will be treated in terms of the coffee economy, urbanization in Rio de Janeiro, immigration, and racial ideology. The second half of the course will focus on the impact of the Great Depression and the Vargas Era in a post-1930 context. Against the backdrop of the ";Vargas Revolution"; and the Populism (1930-1964), the major themes to be covered are the emergence of the middle classes, nationalism, industrialization, and race relations. We will conclude the course by paying special attention to the Amazon region as a means of exploring national changes during and after military rule (1964-1990s). Readings range widely in history, anthropology, sociology, fiction, and autobiography.