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Embracing the Past, Designing the Future

Authoritarianism and Economic Development in Brazil Under Getúlio Vargas

Luciano Aronne de Abreu is a professor of Modern History at the Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His main research areas are authoritarianism and corporatism during the “New State” of Getúlio Vargas.

Luís Carlos dos Passos Martins is an assistant professor of Modern History at the Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His main research areas are the debates on development during the second Vargas Government (1951–1954).

Geandra Denardi Munareto has a Masters degree in History and recently completed her Ph.D. at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Grande do Sul.


In the Series
The Portuguese-Speaking World: Its History, Politics and Culture

Embracing the Past, Designing the Future provides an historical overview of Brazilian authoritarianism and social/economic development during the political era (1930–45) of Getúlio Vargas as viewed and understood by Oliveira Viana and Azevedo Amaral, two of the principal intellectuals and ideologues of the regime at the time. Oliveira Vianna was one of the main authors of the corporatist labour legislation and Azevedo Amaral remained an important publicist who was associated with the regime's propaganda apparatus. the heart of the discussion is the legitimacy of authoritarian modernization. Brazil’s contemporary uncertainty has deep parallels with the earlier period: unruly and un-democratic political debate coupled with economic stagnation.

It was during the Vargas era that the power bases and fundamental principals of the construction of modern Brazil were defined in terms of its political administration and its economy and industry. These features may still be perceived in the country today, albeit claimed or rejected by political leaders such as Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Linkage between authoritarianism and the economic development of Brazil is strong, whether viewed through the lenses of history, sociology or political science. Both periods of exceptional national economic and social growth were associated exactly to its two governmental authoritarian periods in the twentieth century – the Vargas era and the military dictatorship (1964–85). This volume addresses a complex of ideological difficulties that go to the heart of what the Brazilian nation stands for: its racial construction; its colonial heritage; the fractured nature of the relationship between society and state; the role of corporatism, and its sometime political rejection; and the dangers of political personalization, to the detriment of the nation.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-964-7
Hardback Price: £65.00 / $74.95
Release Date: May / June 2020
Page Extent / Format: 240 pp. 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


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