The Empire of Brazil existed from 1822 to 1889 or, more generously, it extended from 1808, when the Portuguese crown settled in Rio de Janeiro, to its fall in 1889. As the only indigenous, long-lasting monarchy in the New World, the empire is not easy to place in historical context given the consensus in both Brazil and Latin America that the region is intrinsically republican. The main title and the first subtitle of Professor Jurandir Malerba's book suggest that it is a reevaluation by a leading Brazilian scholar of the nearly 70 years of monarchical governance. The second subtitle is more apt. A compilation of ten articles by the author published between 1995 and 2011, all apparently in their original format, the work is designed “to trace the stages of our academic career” both in terms of research undertaken by the author...

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