The Age of Revolutions and the Making of Brazil


This was a conference on the significance—for the kind of society that exists in Brazil today—of the historical episodes that began with the despotic enlightened government of Marques de Pombal in Portugal and ended with the establishment of a liberal monarchy in already independent Brazil in the middle of the nineteenth century. The overall question posed to the conferees was: To what extent did the events that happened in that period are still relevant to understanding Brazil today?


Conference Readings

Barman, Roderick J. Brazil: The Forging of a Nation, 1798-1852. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1988.

Caldeira, Jorge. História do Brasil: Com Empreendedores. São Paulo: Mameluco, 2009.

Gonçalves, José Antônio. Memórias Ecônomo-Políticas Sobre a Administraçáo Pública do Brasil. São Leopoldo: Editora Unisinos, 2004.

Maxwell, Kenneth. Conflicts & Conspiracies: Brazil and Portugal 1750-1808. London: Taylor and Francis Books, Inc., 2004.

Paquette, Gabriel. Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: The Luso-Brazilian World, c. 1770-1850. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.