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Host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016Olympics, the fifth largest country in theworld is the perfect topic forthe nexttitle in theShort History seriesDiscovered by Portuguese sailor and explorer Pedro lvares Cabral than500 years ago, Brazil shistory since thenhas been turbulent, blighted by rebellion, cruelty, dictatorship, and poverty But, it is also a vibrant, exciting, and ethnically diverse nation that has, in the face of great adversity, emerged as one of the world s fastest growing major economies This book examines the events that have led to Brazil s ascendancy, looking at the indigenous peoples who populated the territory until its discovery in 1500 and chronicling the tempestuous years since, leading to the economic miracle of recent years It covers the three centuries of Portuguese colonial rule when sugar became the main export, produced with the help of around three million slaves who were forced to make the deadly crossing of the Atlantic from Africa It describes how Brazil declared independence from Portugal as a monarchy in 1822, the monarchy being replaced by a republic in 1889, and details the pattern of boom and bust in the Brazilian economy since then, covering the lives of some of the authoritarian rulers that seized power along the way Finally, it looks at the many difficulties Brazil faces in the 21st centurythe devastating social problems resulting from its dramatic economic inequality and the often ruthless exploitation of the country s natural resources With the eyes of the worldcurrentlyfocusedon this immense South American country, there could be no better time to examine the dramatic and fascinating history that has brought it to this point....

Title : A Short History of Brazil: From Pre-Colonial Peoples to Modern Economic Miracle
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ISBN : 1843441969
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Oldcastle Books September 1, 2014
Number of Pages : 160 pages
File Size : 997 KB
Status : Available For Download
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