These elegant essays on key themes in Brazilian history provide the accumulated wisdom of one of the most important historians of Brazil (and Latin America) over the last half century. Leslie Bethell's labors as the editor of the Cambridge History of Latin America (beginning in the 1970s and continuing over four decades) ultimately produced 12 hefty volumes, translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. His collaboration with dozens of scholars across the Atlantic world has given him a range of knowledge on the region that is exceedingly rare. His work for ten years as the founder and director of the University of Oxford's Centre for Brazilian Studies put the ninth volume of the Cambridge series—on Brazil since 1930—on hold. It was the final volume published in the series, in 2008. The seven essays in Brazil: Essays on History and Politics are new but...

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