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Week 2: Late Colonial Reforms and Tensions

Week 2 lecture powerpoint slides

Seminar Questions

• Was Brazil ripe for independence by the early nineteenth century?
• How had the relationship between metropolis and colony evolved? Do you see similarities/ differences with the rest of the Iberian Americas?
• What factors contributed to stability / instability?

Seminar Reading

•Bethell, Colonial Brazil, Chapter 6; Chapter 7

•Stuart B Schwartz, Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society: Bahia 1550-1835 (1985), Chapter 9: “A Colonial Slave Society” on library scans page.