" Joseph Smith's A History of Brazil is a marvellous study that is destined to become the standard textbook in the field. It is extremely well-organized, balanced, very readable and provides an outstandingly informative synthesis of the key developments and events in Brazilian history'. W.Michel Weis, Illinois Wesleyan University, History "This timely history provides...a valuable contribution to our understanding of Brazil and its people" THES
A clearly structured and well-informed synthesis of developments and events in Brazilian history from the colonial period to the present, this volume is aimed at non-specialized readers and students, seeking a straightforward introduction to this unique Latin American country. Divided chronologically into five main historical periods - Colonial Brazil, Empire, the First Republic, the Estado Novo and events from 1964 to the present - the book explores the politics, economy, society, and diplomacy during each phase. The emphasis on diplomacy is particularly original and adds an unusual dimension to the book.