The largest and most important country in Latin America, Brazil was the first to succumb to the military coups that struck that region in the 1960s and the early 1970s In this authoritative study, Thomas E Skid, one of America s leading experts on Latin America and, in particular, on Brazil, offers the first analysis of than two decades of military rule, from the overthrow of Jo o Goulart in 1964, to the return of democratic civilian government in 1985 with the presidency of Jos Sarney A sequel to Skid s highly acclaimed Politics in Brazil, 1930 1964, this volume explores the military rule in depth Why did the military depose Goulart What kind of economic miracle did their technocrats fashion Why did General Costa e Silva s attempts to humanize the Revolution fail, only to be followed by the most repressive regime of the period What led Generals Geisel and Golbery to launch the liberalization that led to abertura What role did the Brazilian Catholic Church, the most innovative in the Americas, play How did the military government respond in the early 1980s to galloping inflation and an unpayable foreign debt Skid concludes by examining the early Sarney presidency and the clues it may offer for the future Will democratic governments be able to meet the demands of urban workers and landless peasants while maintaining economic growth and international competitiveness Can Brazil at the same time control inflation and service the largest debt in the developing world Will its political institutions be able to represent effectively an electorate now three times larger than in 1964 What role will the military play in the future In recent years, many Third World nations Argentina, the Philippines, and Uruguay, among others have moved from repressive military regimes to democratic civilian governments Skid s study provides insight into the nature of this transition in Brazil and what it may tell about the fate of democracy in the Third World....
|Title||:||The Politics of Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-1985|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press March 8, 1990|
|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
|File Size||:||985 KB|
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The Politics of Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-1985 Reviews
This book makes War and Peace read like Jurassic Park. If you want something to read for factual information, this is a great source. If you need an anchor for a small boat, this would also work very well. If you pushed this book off of a building it would most likely throw the orbit of the earth out, resulting in the end of the world.
This book contains almost every aspect of the junta and its rise to power. The only complaints against it are that he has very few contemporaries in the subject (almost everyone uses him as a reference) and the amount of information was somewhat overwhelming (he goes into great detail such as personal diaries, specifics of military journals, etc). In spite of these factors, it made for a somewhat exciting read, illustrating what happened under the junta. While no author is completely without bias, it was hard to detect any agenda in his work (a major problem with most Latin America writers).
As part of research project on military government transitions to democratic rule, I investigated this history of Brazil and read this book. It is by far the most comprehensive account of Brazil's military rule, its origins, and eventual return to democracy. It details the internal political dynamics of each presidency (from Branco to Figueiredo and beyond) along with external challenges to their power and their respective economic situations.
Very thorough, everything you need to know about the period and very well written with great sources.