HIST233 - BRAZIL: LAND OF THE FUTURE?

Description: 
“Brazil is the country of tomorrow, and always will be.” This ironic observation—often expressed by the Brazilians themselves—neatly encapsulates the perceived gap between longstanding predictions of Brazil’s rise to great power status and its continuing struggles with social and racial inequalities, economic instability, and authoritarian political practices. This perception has deeply informed the way historians approach the history of Brazil, which has routinely been portrayed as a series of failures or missed opportunities. It has also indirectly influenced how visitors (actual and virtual) perceive Brazil; they revel in its rich popular culture, mixed racial identities, and lush tropical forests, but have no idea that Brazil has one of the largest industrial economies and middle-class populations in the world. Recent trends, however, have prompted observers both within and outside Brazil to suggest that tomorrow has finally arrived—that Brazil has now reached a new, sustainable level of economic development, accompanied by real progress in reducing poverty and expanding political participation by all segments of society. Whether these claims of success at last will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but they will likely motivate historians to rethink the standard narratives of Brazilian history. The historical period that is the focus of this course has witnessed Brazil’s transformation from a colonial, agrarian, slave society to a predominantly urban, industrialized nation, and an aspiring world power. This course will focus on postcolonial Brazil and key topics include racism, slavery, and emancipation as well as urban life, immigration, industrialization, changing gender roles, Carnaval, popular culture, and democratization.
Instructors: 
SQUARE, JONATHAN
Day and Time: 
T 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 311A

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS