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eBook Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (Latin American Histories) epub
  • ISBN: 0195058097
  • Author: Thomas E. Skidmore
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (March 25, 1999)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • ePUB size: 1991 kb
  • FB2 size 1170 kb
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Brazil: Five Centuries o. The author also added several images to the text "to relieve reader fatigue" (xiv).

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.

With a land mass larger than the continental United States, a unique culture that is part European, African, and indigenous, and the world's ninth largest economy, Brazil is one of the most important--yet one of the least understood--nations in the world. 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. From there Skidmore probes Portugal's remarkable command of the vast country in the face of the advances of the Spanish, French, and Dutch colonial interests; Brazil's compromised independence in 1822; its evolution as the center of world coffee cultivation; and the creation of the republic in the late nineteenth century. Here also are examinations of its unique forms of modernist art and literature, the dictatorship of Getulio Vargas and the military coups, and the ambitious reforms of current President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Informed by the most recent scholarship available, Brazil explores the country's many blessings: ethnic diversity, a vibrant cultural life, and a wealth of natural resources. 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. Mapping out its past as well as its future, this eloquent and detailed look at Brazil will be the standard history of the country for years to come.
Comments: (7)
Hinewen
I intend to do a more comprehensive review of this book in the future (after I use it in a Brazilian Culture class this semester), but I just wanted to make some important comments that refer the the second edition of the book, since all previous reviews refer to the first edition, particularly those of Leonardo Alves and Victor A. Vyssotsky that are critical, and justly so, of Skidmore's book.

In the 2009 (2nd) edition, Thomas E. Skidmore added an analysis of president Fernando Henrique Cardoso's second term as well as commentary on Lula's first term. He also "revamped" his "Suggestions for Further Reading" section (page xiii of the Preface). The author also added several images to the text "to relieve reader fatigue" (xiv).

Most importantly, however, Skidmore writes in the Preface that "in response to withering criticism of my sloppy, incomplete, and sometimes flat wrong treatment of the colonial era, I have made major revisions to what used to be chapters 1 through 3 (rearranged in this edition's chapters 1 and 3) and added a completely new chapter (this edition's chapter 2)." (xiv)

I hope this information is helpful to people that are considering buying this book. I would be interesting if the aforementioned reviewers could read the second edition and write subsequent reviews.

July 20, 2011.
Hidden Winter
This is an excellent overview, clearly and simply written with little clutter, minutiae. The volume is slender and hits the highlights. It is written from a certain perspective (some Brazilians might disagree with the slant and attribution of credit for some aspects of the analysis). In particular, where the US fits into this history seems emphasized, which is probably important for an American audience. There is also an emphasis on economic history with data that is not often seen in these kinds of history.
Aver
Superb summary of our giant neighbor to the south by the world's outstanding Brazilianist.
Taun
Great value for the money.
Legionstatic
product exactly as described - thank you!
Simple fellow
I travel to Brasil every year. I educate myself about their history so I can understand them more. This allows more doors to open for me. This book has been excellent .
Mejora
Excellent!
Well written. Clear ,interesting
If you're interested in Brazil this the book to get
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