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A CAPSULE HISTORY OF BRAZIL

Dr Ken Hughes, University of Cape Town

In 2018 the populist wave which had astonished the world since 2016 took a new turn with the election of Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing demagogue openly nostalgic for the years of military rule, as the new President of Brazil. This five-lecture course aims to enquire into the genealogy of this event by exploring aspects of Brazilian history, drawing on the work of several generations of Brazilian scholars and a rich cultural heritage.

 

LECTURE TITLES

  1. The Portuguese sea-borne empire
  2. Conflicts and conspiracies in eighteenth century Brazil
  3. Independence: slavery, spiritualism and positivism: the war at the end of the world
  4. Twentieth century struggles: some heroes and villains
  5. Into the latest age: Lula to Bolsonaro

 

 

Date: 6–10 January
Time: 1.00 pm
COURSE FEES: Full R590 Staff & Students R295
Venue: LT1 Kramer Law Building UCT