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