Modern Brazil: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)

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Modern Brazil: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)


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Brazil is associated in many people's minds with conviviality, sensuality, and natural beauty. Yet the country behind these images and associations is something of an enigma. It is alternately praised as the "country of the future," a rising power ready to take its place at the top tables of global governance, or written off as a perennial disappointment, a country forever failing to reach its potential, mired in corruption, inequality, poverty, and violence. These oscillations between euphoria and despair obscure a country with its own unique trajectory through the 20th and 21st centuries.

This Very Short Introduction offers an account of modern Brazil that covers some of the major features of the country's transformation, including the rise of the modern state in the mid-20th century, the violent repression of dictatorship, the domestic economic, political, and social challenges faced by the country today, and the role Brazil plays in dealing with some of the most important contemporary global problems. In doing so, Anthony Pereira highlights some of the peculiar features of Brazil's development, such as the tendency of its political leaders to engage in complicated, informal political deals; the state's welfare institutions that often exacerbate, rather than improve, the country's deep economic inequalities; and Brazil's long history of peaceful relations with its neighbours despite a high level of state violence against citizens.

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Anthony W. Pereira is a Professor and Director of the Brazil Institute at King's College London. He has held positions at the New School for Social Research, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Tulane University, and the University of East Anglia. He has been a visiting professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco and a visiting researcher at the Institute of International Relations at the University of São Paulo. He is the author and co-author of many books including Ditadura e Repressão (Paz e Terra, 2010), The Brazilian Economy Today: Towards a New Socio-Economic Model? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Understanding Contemporary Brazil (Routledge, 2018). He is an occasional commentator on Brazil for the BBC, CNN, France 24, The Conversation, and other media organisations.
Product Details ISBN: 9780198812081
ISBN-10: 0198812086
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Very Short Introductions