Chapters of Brazil's Colonial History 1500-1800

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Oxford University Press, Dec 10, 1998 - History - 272 pages
In Chapters in Brazil's Colonial History, Capistrano de Abreu created an integrated history of Brazil in a landmark work of scholarship that is also a literary masterpiece. Abreu offers a startlingly modern analysis of the past, based on the role of the economy, settlement, and the occupation of the interior. In these pages, he combines sharp portraits of dramatic events--close fought battles against Dutch occupation in the 1650s, Indian resistance to often brutal internal expansion--with insightful social history. A master of Brazil's ethnographic landscape, he provides detailed sketches of daily life for Brazilians of all stripes. Superbly translated by Arthur A. Brakel and edited by Stuart Schwartz and Fernando Novais, this Brazilian classic has never before available in English. Chapters in Brazil's Colonial History opens Brazil's rich, fascinating past to the general reader, and offers scholars access to a great turning point in historical scholarship.
 

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CHAPTERS OF BRAZIL'S COLONIAL HISTORY, 1500-1800

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A surprisingly fresh and acerbic review of Brazil's early history, first published in 1907 and now translated into English for the first time. Capistrano de Abreu was one of Brazil's earliest ... Read full review

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Capistrano de Abreu was one of Brazil's most influential historians and scholars. This volume, published in Brazil in 1907, still has an impact on the writing of Brazilian history. In it, Capistrano ... Read full review

Contents

1 Indigenous Antecedents
3
2 Exotic Elements
14
3 The Discoverers
20
4 The First Conflicts
30
5 Hereditary Captaincies
35
6 Crown Captaincies
43
7 Frenchmen and Spaniards
52
8 Fighting the Dutch
69
9 The Backlands
91
10 Setting Boundaries
166
11 Three Centuries Later
181
Notes
203
Bibliography
215
Index
221
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About the author (1998)

Arthur Brakel is the translator of Cyro do Anjo's Diary of a Civil Servant and João Reis's Slave Rebellion in Brazil. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Stuart B. Schwartz is George Burton Adams Professor of History at Yale University. Fernando Novais is a Brazilian scholar currently teaching at the University of Campinas, Brazil.

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