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The Brazilian Revolution of 1930

The Legacy of Getúlio Vargas Revisited

Luciano Aronne De Abreu is Full Professor of the Post-Graduate Programme in History at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, and Chief Editor of the PUCRS University Publishers.

Marco Aurélio Vannucchi is Professor of the School of Social Sciences of Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro.

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

The third of October 2020 marked the 90th anniversary of the Brazilian Revolution of 1930. Although this event is recognized in Brazilian historiography as an important landmark in the construction of contemporary Brazil, debate, discourse and indeed publications commemorating the event have been much less numerous and profound than would be expected. Comparisons have been made with what took place in 1980, the year of the revolution's fiftieth anniversary, where meaningful historical judgements were made across a wide spectrum of society and the political establishment.

It is pertinent to ask why there is no longer the appetite for substantive discussion on the Vargas period. Perhaps it is due to the new political climate in Brazil in the last decade, especially with regard to various projects aimed at labour and trade union reform, the main legacies of the revolutionary period which today are considered by many as obstacles to the modernization of the labour market and the country’s economic development. Given the economic imperatives and aims of the 1930 Revolution, a re-evaluation of the Vargas Period will assist in better understanding the contemporary economic issues that face Brazil today. The exercise is neither one of nostalgia nor of exaltation of this past period, but rather to offer a (positive and negative) overview of Vargas’ legacy and the vast historiography that surrounds it. Scholars, politicians, business and the Brazilian workforce need to learn from past economic choices in order to better understand the challenges that contemporary Brazil faces. Recently proposed reforms have strong overtones to the revolutionary agenda of the 1930s, namely the forging of a ‘New Brazil’ and the necessity of avoiding political schism. This book examines the political, economic, labour, cultural, military, and gender ramifications that will guide debate.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78976-100-9
Paperback Price: £50/$69.95
Release Date: July 2021
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


Series Editors' Preface



Luciano Aronne de Abreu and Marco Aurélio Vannucchi


Chapter 1

Armed Forces in the Vagas Period, 1930–1945

Adriana Barreto de Souza


Chapter 2

Trabalhismo: Authoritarian Transitions in the 1940s

Angela de Castro Gomes


Chapter 3

Towards a Political and Institutional History of Football

in the Vargas period

Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda and Rodrigo Saturnino Braga


Chapter 4

Ação Integralista Brasileira: Geo-conceptual Contours

Carla Brandalise


Chapter 5

Intellectuals in the Vargas Period

Helena Bomeny


Chapter 6

The Meaning of the Revolution, from 1930 to the

Estado Novo

Luciano Aronne de Abreu and Cássio Albernaz


Chapter 7

The 1930 Revolution and Conservative Modernization

Marco Aurélio Vannucchi


Chapter 8

The Brazilian Economy during the Vargas Administrations


Pedro Henrique Pedreira Campos


Chapter 9

Black Associativism in Brazil (1930–1945)

Petrônio Domingues


The Editors and Contributors


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