Slavery in Brazil is a comprehensive and useful survey of this most influential of American institutions in one of the countries of the Americas where its demographic and social impact was greatest. Masterful in its scope, appealing in its style, and timely in its appearance, this book should prove both a crucial addition to undergraduate reading lists and a very useful guide for scholars and researchers working in the field.

The book’s first part examines the development of slavery chronologically, from its early use in the Portuguese trading empire to its adaptation in colonial Brazil, and the sugar, mining, and coffee cycles from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. A final chapter in this section then assesses broader themes in the economic history of Brazilian slavery. While the narrative is, appropriately, driven by the export cycles, considerable space is also devoted to the...

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