Jerry Dávila, author of Diploma of Whiteness (2003), has produced another exciting monograph on Brazilian racial thought during the twentieth century. Hotel Trópico begins with the election of President Getúlio Vargas for his third term (1951 – 54) and examines Brazil’s diplomatic initiatives in Africa during the time Brazil shifted to the military government (1964) and enjoyed her “economic miracle” (1969 – 74). The book title comes from a hotel in Luanda where Brazilian diplomat Ovídio de Mello and his wife Ivony de Mello stayed near the end of civil wars in Angola, when many Portuguese colonists were fleeing the country. The hotel was “the site of the most incongruous acts of Brazilian foreign policy” (p. 1) as Brazil became the first country to recognize Angolan independence under the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in November 1975. Hotel Trópico is...
Book Review| November 01 2011
Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950 – 1980
Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950 – 1980. By Dávila, Jerry.
Duke University Press,
2010. . .
Hispanic American Historical Review (2011) 91 (4): 752–753.
Mieko Nishida; Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950 – 1980. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2011; 91 (4): 752–753. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-1417008
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