Order And Progress: A Political History Of Brazil

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Order And Progress: A Political History Of Brazil

By Ronald M. Schneider
Westview Press, 1991
488 pp. $55.00

Brazil is a mega-country: fifth in the world in area, sixth in population, tenth in economic production, seventh in steel production, the world's fourth largest agricultural exporter, and increasingly an industrial power. Yet its full promise is still unrealized, in large part because the country has never resolved the tension between the two goals enshrined in its national motto: order and progress. Drawing on nearly forty years of study, four years of research in Brazil and 38 periods of field work (including twice yearly visits during the past decade), a veteran scholar synthesizes an extensive and diffuse literature to provide a well-documented overview of Brazil's history. Thoughtful, balanced, well-informed and written in accessible prose.

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