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Society and Government in Colonial Brazil, 1500–1822

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ISBN 9780860783336
Published September 10, 2018 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

Professor Russell-Wood’s detailed studies of Brazilian social history in the colonial era have long been recognised as model contributions to the history of class, race, gender and religion. This collection combines work on particular persons and groupings with survey articles on the role of the port and the frontier in colonial Brazil and on its historiography. The author describes the administration and structure of government, and the realities of royal power, with examples drawn from the port cities and the mining townships of the interior, then moves on to examine the interplay of class, religion and race with reference to brotherhoods of persons of African descent and the racially exclusive Third Orders. One group who overcame legal, physical and social constraints were women who, whether of European or African descent, contributed decisively to the economy and society of Brazil. To conclude, there are accounts of three individuals, each of whose experiences illustrate facets of the judicial system, governance and education in Portugal’s richest colony. Les études détaillées du professeur Russell-Wood sur l’histoire sociale brésilienne durant la période coloniale ont longtemps été reconnues comme un modèle de contribution à histoire des classes, des races, des genres et des religions. Cette collection allie des travaux au sujet d’individus spécifiques et de groupements à des résumés d’enquête sur la rôle du port et de la frontière dans le Brésil colonial et dans son historiographie. L’auteur décrit l’administration et la structure gouvernementale, ainsi que les réalités du pouvoir royal, s’appuyant d’exemples tirés des cités portuaires et des communes minières de l’intérieur. Il passe ensuite à l’examen de l’interaction des classes, des religions et des races en faisant référence aux liens de fraternité qui unissaient les personnes de descendance africaine, ainsi qu’aux Troisièmes Ordres qui pratiq

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Ports of colonial Brazil; Frontiers in colonial Brazil: reality, myth and metaphor; Local government in Portuguese America: a study in cultural divergence; Class, creed and colour in colonial Brazil: a study in prejudice; Prestige, power and piety in colonial Brazil: the Third Orders of Salvador; Examination of selected statutes of three African brotherhoods; Women and society in colonial Brazil; António Alvares Pereira: a Brazilian student at the University of Coimbra in the 18th century; Manuel Nunes Viana: paragon or parasite of Empire?; A cause célèbre of colonial Brazil: António Fernandes’ personal struggle for justice; United States scholarly contributions to the historiography of colonial Brazil; Index.

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