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Week 1: Introduction

Lecture powerpoint

Seminar Questions

• What do you already know about Brazil and its history? What makes it similar/ different from other countries in the Americas? Why study Brazilian history?
• What did Brazilian colonial society look like by about 1750? How was it structured economically, socially, politically?

Seminar Reading:

•Skidmore, Brazil, Introduction and Chapter 1

•Robert Levine, “How Brazil Works” in Levine and Crocitti, eds., The Brazil Reader, pp. 402-7, contained in: Levine Reader pp 355-464

•Abdias do Nascimento, “The Myth of Racial Democracy,” in The Brazil Reader, pp. 379-81, contained in the same Levine extract above.