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Week 11: The Breakdown of the Old Order: the 1920s and the 1930 Revolution

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Seminar Questions

• How did Brazil look different demographically, politically, and culturally by 1930? with what significance?

* What was Euclides da Cunha's view of ordinary rural Brazilians at the turn of the century?

* How did Tarsila do Amaral and the modernists begin re-thinking Brazilian national culture and identity in the 1920s?
• Why did Vargas come to power in 1930?
• Was the collapse of the Republic inevitable?

Seminar Reading

Bethell (ed), Empire & Republic, chapter 6 (“Society and Politics”), 145-62

Dain Borges, “A Mirror of Progress,” in Levine & Crocitti (eds) The Brazil Reader pp 93-99

Carol Damian and Cristina Mehrtens, “Tarsila and the 1920s,” in The Brazil Reader, pp 308-18

Luís Carlos Prestes, “Manifesto,” in The Brazil Reader, pp 158-9