Brazil: A Global Studies Handbook (Global Studies: Latin by Todd L. Edwards

By Todd L. Edwards

Brazil: an international reports guide offers an easy-to-access, multifaceted advent to the worldÕs 5th greatest nation—a staggeringly diversified zone, socially and geographically, that is still quite unknown whilst it turns into more and more vital at the global degree.

Brazil deals a professional chronological narrative precis of over 5 centuries of South AmericaÕs greatest country—from the times of early Portuguese exploration to President Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaÕs reelection. furthermore, it presents a richly informative element of alphabetically prepared entries protecting very important Brazilian humans, areas, and occasions. For readers either new to Brazil or getting to know particular features of its designated heritage, advanced politics, heavyweight economic climate, and colourful tradition, this is often the quantity with which to begin.

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Two factions were struggling for power in Uruguay, and Brazil sent troops to fight with the country’s colorados, who were linked to business and European powers. The colorados were fighting against the blancos, who represented largely rural and authoritarian landowners. Alleging hostile intervention by Argentina and Brazil, the blancos turned to the dictator of Paraguay, Francisco Solano López, for support, setting off a chain reaction that led to war. Argentina joined with Brazil in supporting the colorados, while Solano teamed up with the blancos, hoping in the process to conquer Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul in the process.

Army officers would come to play an important role in future Brazilian politics. Importantly, when the war was finally over, Brazil’s military commander, the Duke of Caxias, Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, would become the nation’s popular hero, not the emperor. Finally, the war forced Brazilians to take a closer look at themselves and their country. While they won the war, the costs associated with their victory over a tiny, isolated, and destitute country begged the question of whether Brazil was at all ready to join the more advanced countries of the world.

The prince also founded a number of institutions, including medical faculties, the national library, and a botanical garden. The first printing press in the colony was set up at the time as well, although with significant limits on what could be printed. In response to pressures from Portugal for the prince to return (especially when Napoleon was defeated in 1814), the prince in 1815 raised the Estado do Brasil to be an equal partner with Portugal, thus legitimizing his continued residence in Rio de Janeiro.

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