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The Brazilian Empire : myths and histories /
Emilia Viotti da Costa.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985.
xxv, 287 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0226856674 :
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985.
0226856674 :
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Includes index.
Revised translation of: Da monarquia à república.
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Bibliography: p. 249-278.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
The new effort of this eminent Brazilian historian is a very personal synthesis of the events and patterns that shaped 19th-century Brazil. As such, there are no surprises: the text moves easily from independence through the end of the monarchy, and manages to cite most of the current literature as well. There are no thematic ties that hold the book together; Viotti da Costa bends over backward to avoid analyzing Brazil as part of the international capitalist market economy. Her writings on race relations lack some of the punch of Thomas Skidmore's Black Into White (CH, Dec '74), and one wishes she had expanded further on her historiographical analysis, particularly the S~ao Paulo scholars of the 1960s. Notwithstanding, this is a laudable effort, demonstrating breadth of knowledge and overall intuition. Although not so chronologically organized as some of the other English-language general histories of Brazil (e.g., E. Bradford Burns's The History of Brazil, 2nd ed., CH, Jan '81 or Donald Worcester's Brazil, From Colony to World Power, CH, Feb '74), the in-depth coverage of this critical century, as well as the humanistic perspective, makes this work a valuable addition to collections on Latin America. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-R. Delson, Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-05-15:
Da Costa here updates her 1985 volume with the addition of a chapter on the role of women in Brazil and Latin America in the 19th century. This book garnered many favorable notices in scholarly circles when first published, and the revisions should make it all the more valuable. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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