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|HIS 234 - South American Colossus: The History of Modern Brazil|
New Core: Fulfills 3 credits of Area of Knowledge III.
Course Description: Brazil, the world's fifth largest country and an emerging Western Hemisphere power, is examined in this historical survey. Brazil is unique within Latin America in its Portuguese language and colonial backround; its strong African ethnic and cultural influences and its large population (currently 185 million), industrial sector and resource base. This course begins with a rapid survey of the Portuguese period (1500-1822), then devotes major focus to modern nationhood; especially the 20th-century. Key themes include the country's multi-ethnic society, economic development and dependency, the role of powerful leaders such as Getulio Vargas, the legacies of military rule (1964-89) and the challenges of contemporary democracy. Brazil's recent emergence as a major economic power will also be studied, including its involvement in the Mercosur South American economic bloc.
Course Rotation: NYC: Alternate Years, Fall; PLV: Alternate Years, Spring.