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Author Thomas E. Skidmore, a preeminent authority on Brazil, provides a lively political and economic narrative while also including relevant details on society and culture. Skidmore's particularly major revision of the colonial chapters begins with the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Alvares Cabral and includes Portugal's remarkable command of the vast country in the face of Spanish, French, and Dutch colonial interests.
Thomas Elliot Skidmore (22 July 1932, in Troy, Ohio – 11 June 2016) was an American historian and scholar who specialized in Brazilian history. Skidmore graduated in political science and philosophy in 1954 from Denison University. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to study philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford where he met his wife Felicity. He received a second . in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1956 and a master's degree in 1959.
Thomas Skidmore, a preeminent authority on Brazil, vividly traces the 500 years of Brazil's development. very helpful book for thinking types who love history. com User, August 2, 2005. I bought this book to prepare me for a move from the States to Brasil. A Brazilian friend responded immediately to the mention of the author's name, saying that he's one of the most respected non-Brazilian historians of Brazilian history.
Skidmore, Thomas E. Publication date. Pre-1930 history is treated as background. Second half is an outstanding narrative of politics and economic policy from 1930-present. Particularly interesting are the book's final chapters, which seem to be addressed more to the conscience of the Brazilian ruling class than to foreign readers. Includes bibliographical essay, but one much less dense than typically found in Oxford Univ. Press one-volume histories of Latin American nations"-Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
Full Title:Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (Latin American Histories): Five Centuries of Change. ISBN-13:978-0195058109. Thomas Skidmore, a preeminent authority on Brazil, vividly traces the 500 years of Brazil's development. Its epic story begins in the wake of Vasco da Gama's historic circumnavigation of the globe, when another Portuguese vessel, commanded by Pedro Alvares Cabral, ran aground on the coast of Brazil in April 1500. But, as Skidmore writes, the Brazilians must also grapple with a history of political instability and military rule, a deplorable environmental record, chronic inflation, and international debt. An ideal choice for undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American history, this eloquent and detailed look at Brazil will be the standard history of the country for years to come.
Intra-Latin American trade increased, but probably not much more than would have happened without special agreements. In any case, quantitative economic growth was visible almost everywhere. It was the principal trading partner and source of loans, grants, and private investment for almost all countries, and Latin American leaders considered its favour worth having.