- What was the rationale for the Estado Novo? What political problems did it purport to solve (beyond keeping Vargas in power)?
- To what degree were the aims of the Estado Novo implemented?
- Did Vargas deserve the title “Father of the Poor”?
- What was the relationship between Vargas and the military?
- What were Vargas’ legacies to Brazilian politics?
Skidmore, Brazil, chapter 5;
Frank D McCann, Soldiers of the Pátria : a history of the Brazilian Army, 1889-1937 (2004), Chapter 7, “The Revolution of 1930”, pp 259-300
Robert M Levine, Father of the Poor? (1998), chapter 3;
Excerpts from Levine & Crocitti, The Brazil Reader: "The Vargas Era," pp.149-55; Oliveira Vianna, “Why the Estado Novo?”, pp 184-6; “Ordinary People,” pp 206-24; "Seized Correspondence from Communists, 1935-45: Dossier 20, Police Archives," pp. 176-181.
•Joel Wolfe, “Guest Editor’s Introduction: Getúlio Vargas and his Enduring Legacy for Brazil,” Luso-Brazilian Review, 31-2 (1994): 1-3.