HIS 386K • Brazilian Postcolonial History
This course examines the history of Latin America's largest and most populous nation, shedding light on Brazil's political history, economic development, and cultural formation. The course looks at principal topics in postcolonial Brazilian history: Independence and Empire, slavery and post-emancipation society; rural oligarchies and export-led growth; regionalism vs. centralism; immigration, urbanization and industrialization; populism and trabalhismo; patriarchy; and bureaucratic-authoritarianism. The course explores the relationship between politics, socioeconomic change, and ideologies in postcolonial Brazil and the creative and contradictory ways in which Brazilians have faced and shaped the world around them. It aims to address the varied strategies of elite domination (repression, co-optation, patronage, social mythology) and forms of popular response (rebellion, day-to- day-resistance, accommodation, and collaboration) that have marked the history of modern Brazil.