Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



Published: 04 June 2009

304 Pages | 25 illus.

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195374551

Bookseller Code (04)


Five Centuries of Change

Second Edition

Thomas E. Skidmore

Revised and updated in this second edition, Brazil: Five Centuries of Change vividly traces the development of Brazil over the last 500 years. Author Thomas E. Skidmore, a preeminent authority on Brazil, provides a lively political and economic narrative while also including relevant details on society and culture. The second edition features unparalleled coverage of Brazil in the twentieth century; a major revision of the colonial chapters; numerous new images; and a new bibliographic guide to recent works on Brazilian history for use by both instructors and students. Informed by the most recent scholarship available, this text explores the country's many blessings--ethnic diversity, racial democracy, a vibrant cultural life, and a wealth of natural resources. It also looks at Brazil's historically severe problems--including political instability, military rule, chronic inflation, and international debt--and its deplorable environmental record.


Also of Interest