Roots of Brazil
- Sérgio Buarque de Holanda ; translated by G. Harvey Summ ; foreword by Pedro Meira Monteiro.
- Uniform Title
- Raízes do Brasil. English
- Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xl, 192 p. ; 23 cm.
- From the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
- Holanda, Sérgio Buarque de, 1902-1982.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Foreword: Why Read Roots of Brazil Today? / Pedro Meira Monteiro
- The Significance of Roots of Brazil (1967); Postscript (1986) / Antonio Candido
- Preface to the Second Edition of 1948; Preface to the Third Edition of 1956 / Sérgio Buarque de Holanda
- Note to the English Translation / Daniel E. Colón
- European Frontiers
- Work and Adventure
- The Rural Heritage
- Sowers and Builders
- The Cordial Man
- A New Era
- Our Revolution
- Afterword: Roots of Brazil and Afterwards / Evaldo Cabral de Mello.
Sergio Buarque de Holanda's "Roots of Brazil" is one of the iconic books on Brazilian history, society, and culture. Originally published in 1936, it appears here for the first time in an English language translation with a foreword, "Why Read "Roots of Brazil "Today?" by Pedro Meira Monteiro, one of the world's leading experts on Buarque de Holanda."Roots of Brazil "focuses on the multiple cultural influences that forged twentieth-century Brazil, especially those of the Portuguese, the Spanish, other European colonists, Native Americans, and Africans. Buarque de Holanda argues that all of these originary influences were transformed into a unique Brazilian culture and society--a "transition zone." The bookpresents an understanding of why and how European culture flourished in a large, tropical environment that was totally foreign to its traditions, and the manner and consequences of this development. Buarque de Holanda uses Max Weber's typological criteria to establish pairs of "ideal types" as a means of stressing particular characteristics of Brazilians, while also trying to understand and explain the local historical process. Along with other early twentieth-century works such as "The Masters and the Slaves" by Gilberto Freyre and "The Colonial Background of Modern Brazil" by Caio Prado Junior, "Roots of Brazil "set the parameters of Brazilian historiography for a generation and continues to offer keys to understanding the complex history of Brazil. "Roots of Brazil " has been published in Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, and French. This long-awaited English translation will interest students and scholars of Portuguese, Brazilian, and Latin American history, culture, literature, and postcolonial studies. ""Roots of Brazil, " first published in 1936 and substantially revised in subsequent editions, is one of those works that shapes its readers' imagination, a book that in a certain sense 'invents' its country, serving as a mirror in which, while seeking their own image, Brazilian readers have also found their own attitudes and inclinations. On the other hand, Sergio Buarque de Holanda's book functions not only as a fixed portrait that preserves a scene from the past but also as a bright surface that can reflect each new historical moment." --from the foreword by Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University.
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- Publication date
- "First published in Brazil as Raizes do Brasil in 1936; published by Companhia das Letras, 1995"--T.p. verso.
- "[This] translation is from the 26th printing (1995) of Raizes do Brasil"--T.p. verso.
- 9780268026134 (paper : alk. paper)
- 0268026130 (paper : alk. paper)
- 9780268077648 (ebook)
- 0268077649 (ebook)
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