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The politics of military rule in Brazil, 1964-85 /
Thomas E. Skidmore.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
xi, 420 p. : 1 map ; 25 cm.
0195038983 (alk. paper) :
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
0195038983 (alk. paper) :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 311-410.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1988-01:
This welcome sequel to Skidmore's Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964 (1969) treats politics during the rule of an authoritarian military regime from 1964 until the reintroduction of democracy. With an engaging narrative style and careful scholarship Skidmore traces events from the overthrow of the civilian Goulart government to the more recent abertura , political opening to democracy. He describes the economic challenges, the evolution of a national policy of repression and the torture of dissidents, and other developments, and soberly assesses the prospects for democracy. Highly recommended for general and academic libraries. Virginia L. Muller, Univ. of San Diego
Appeared in Choice on 1988-09:
Skidmore's excellent study of the repressive military period in Brazil is a sequel to his earlier celebrated work, Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964 (1967), which emphasized the democratic period after WW II. The new work focuses on authoritarian Brazil after the 1964 coup rather than on the recent democratic opening, which is the subject of the concluding chapter. A brief postscript carries the story through the emergence of the Sarney government, the election of a constituent assembly, and the economic crisis. At the outset the origins of the 1964 coup are identified, the Castello Branco government dissected, and the Costa e Silva period meticulously examined. The chronological account carries through the Medici, Geisel, and Figueiredo military governments. Skidmore approaches this complex period with a tightly woven historical synthesis, a wealth of detail, and clear writing. The attention to politics is complemented by useful economic analysis. The 100 pages of notes contain extensive monographic periodical references on the period. This work is indispensable for academic libraries, a welcome addition to the contemporary literature, and necessary reading for scholars and students of Brazil. -R. H. Chilcote, University of California, Riverside
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Table of Contents
The Origins of the 1964 Revolutionp. 3
Castelo Branco: Cleaning House--April 1964-March 1965p. 18
The Military Take Controlp. 18
The New Government: A UDN-Military Alliancep. 21
The Purges and the Torturep. 23
Supporters and Criticsp. 27
Economic Stabilization: A Quasi-Orthodox Approachp. 29
Wage Policyp. 33
Convincing the Foreign Lenders and Investorsp. 35
The UDN: A Viable Political Base?p. 39
Defeat at the Polls and the Hard-Line Reactionp. 42
Castelo Branco: The Attempt to Institutionalizep. 46
The Second Institutional Act and Its Political Aftermathp. 46
Sources of Oppositionp. 49
Dealing with the Successionp. 51
The UDN and Lacerda Againp. 53
The Economic Scene in 1966p. 55
National Security and a New Legal Structurep. 56
The Economic Record of the Castelo Branco Yearsp. 58
Strengthening the Market Economyp. 60
Castelo Branco's Political Legacyp. 63
Costa e Silva: The Military Tighten Their Gripp. 66
A New Castp. 66
The New Economic Strategyp. 68
Politics: Back to "Normal"?p. 71
From the Broad Front to a Challenge by Students and Workersp. 73
Arousing the Hardlinersp. 79
The Authoritarian Crackdownp. 81
The Guerrilla Emergesp. 84
The Economy: Pragmatism Pays Offp. 89
A Paralyzed President and a Succession Crisisp. 93
The U.S.: A Missing Ambassador and Some Second Thoughtsp. 101
Medici: The Authoritarian Facep. 105
The Personality, Cabinet, and Governing Style of Medicip. 105
PR in a New Veinp. 110
Medici and Electoral Politics, 1969-72p. 112
The Liquidation of the Guerrilla Threatp. 117
The Uses of Repressionp. 125
The Church: An Opposition Forcep. 135
The Economic Boom and Its Criticsp. 138
Opening the Amazon: Solution for the Northeast?p. 144
Continued Electoral Manipulation and the Choice of Geiselp. 149
Human Rights and Brazil-U.S. Relationsp. 154
Taking Stock: What Kind of Regime?p. 156
Geisel: Toward Aberturap. 160
The Return of the Castelistasp. 160
Liberalization from Within?p. 164
November 1974: An MDB Victoryp. 171
"Decompression" Under Firep. 173
New Economic Problemsp. 178
Voices from Civil Societyp. 180
Planalto Problem: How to Win Electionsp. 188
Government Response: The "April Package"p. 190
A U.S.-Brazil Rift: Nuclear Technology and Human Rightsp. 192
Geisel Subdues the Hard Linep. 197
The "New Unionism" in Actionp. 204
The Economic Record Since 1974 and Geisel's Legacyp. 206
Figueiredo: The Twilight of Military Governmentp. 210
Complexion of the New Governmentp. 211
The 1979 Strikesp. 212
Delfim Neto Againp. 215
The Amnesty Issuep. 217
Reformulating the Partiesp. 219
Another Challenge from Laborp. 222
Explosion on the Rightp. 227
The Balance of Payments: A New Vulnerabilityp. 230
The 1982 Electionsp. 233
The Economy in Deep Recessionp. 236
The Campaign for Direct Presidential Electionsp. 240
PDS Presidential Aspirantsp. 244
The Victory of the Democratic Alliancep. 250
Economic Turnaroundp. 254
The New Republic: Prospects for Democracyp. 256
How Much Did Democratization Depend on the Person of Tancredo?p. 257
How Did the Military React to Democratization?p. 267
How Did the Democratic Government Deal with the Hard Economic Choices?p. 273
The Foreign Debt: Temporary Breathing Roomp. 274
Plano Cruzado: A New Response to Inflationp. 276
Conclusionp. 283
Did Democratization Include Efforts to Create a More Equal Society?p. 283
Trends in Social and Economic Indicators Under the Authoritarian Regimep. 284
Record of the New Regimep. 288
Urban Laborp. 289
Agrarian Reformp. 298
Treatment of Prisonersp. 302
Postscript: Economic Realities and Political Falloutp. 303
Notesp. 311
Indexp. 411
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