Course Detail
Course Components:
This course addresses the political, economic, and cultural history of Brazil. It begins with Portuguese colonization in the sixteenth century, traces the development of a profoundly heterogeneous colonial society, the achievement of independence, nation-state formation, dictatorship, and democratization. It ends with the opening of the twenty-first century and Brazil's transformation into one of the world's largest economies. The course will emphasize issues related to encounter and exploration, religion and cross-cultural interaction, slavery and abolition, indigenous peoples, scientific and technological transformation, industrialization, urban growth, and environmental change.