Roots Of Brazil by Sérgio Buarque De HolandaRoots Of Brazil by Sérgio Buarque De Holanda

Roots Of Brazil

bySérgio Buarque De HolandaTranslated byG. Harvey SummForeword byPedro Meira Monteiro

Paperback | October 15, 2012

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Sérgio Buarque de Holanda's Roots of Brazil is one of the iconic books on Brazilian history, society, and culture. Originally published in 1936, it appears here for the first time in an English language translation with a foreword, "Why Read Roots of Brazil Today?" by Pedro Meira Monteiro, one of the world's leading experts on Buarque de Holanda.

Roots of Brazil focuses on the multiple cultural influences that forged twentieth-century Brazil, especially those of the Portuguese, the Spanish, other European colonists, Native Americans, and Africans. Buarque de Holanda argues that all of these originary influences were transformed into a unique Brazilian culture and society—a "transition zone." The book presents an understanding of why and how European culture flourished in a large, tropical environment that was totally foreign to its traditions, and the manner and consequences of this development. Buarque de Holanda uses Max Weber’s typological criteria to establish pairs of "ideal types" as a means of stressing particular characteristics of Brazilians, while also trying to understand and explain the local historical process. Along with other early twentieth-century works such as The Masters and the Slaves by Gilberto Freyre and The Colonial Background of Modern Brazil by Caio Prado Júnior, Roots of Brazil set the parameters of Brazilian historiography for a generation and continues to offer keys to understanding the complex history of Brazil.
Roots of Brazil  has been published in Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, and French. This long-awaited English translation will interest students and scholars of Portuguese, Brazilian, and Latin American history, culture, literature, and postcolonial studies.
"Roots of Brazil, first published in 1936 and substantially revised in subsequent editions, is one of those works that shapes its readers' imagination, a book that in a certain sense 'invents' its country, serving as a mirror in which, while seeking their own image, Brazilian readers have also found their own attitudes and inclinations. On the other hand, Sérgio Buarque de Holanda's book functions not only as a fixed portrait that preserves a scene from the past but also as a bright surface that can reflect each new historical moment." —from the foreword by Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University
Sérgio Buarque de Holanda (1902–1982) was one of the most renowned Brazilian historians of the twentieth century, as well as a noted literary critic. He taught in Italy, the United States, Chile, and Brazil.
Title:Roots Of BrazilFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:University of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0268026130

ISBN - 13:9780268026134


Editorial Reviews

“This excellent edition includes not only a lively translation of the original, but also the author’s prefaces to both the second and third editions of 1948 and 1956, literary scholar Antonio Candido’s limpid introduction to the 1967 edition and his postscript to the 1987 edition, and Pedro Meira Monteiro’s new foreword. The result is a rich, layered work of commentary and annotation. Reading this edition is itself an exercise in intellectual history.”