The Rio de Janeiro Reader

History, Culture, Politics

The Rio de Janeiro Reader

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Book Pages: 408 Illustrations: 72 illustrations, incl. 11 in Published: December 2015

General Interest > Travel, History > Latin American History, Latin American Studies > Brazil

Spanning a period of over 450 years, The Rio de Janeiro Reader traces the history, culture, and politics of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, through the voices, images, and experiences of those who have made the city's history. It outlines Rio's transformation from a hardscrabble colonial outpost and strategic port into an economic, cultural, and entertainment capital of the modern world. The volume contains a wealth of primary sources, many of which appear here in English for the first time. A mix of government documents, lyrics, journalism, speeches, ephemera, poems, maps, engravings, photographs, and other sources capture everything from the fantastical impressions of the first European arrivals to the complaints about roving capoeira gangs, and from sobering eyewitness accounts of slavery's brutality to the glitz of Copacabana. The definitive English-language resource on the city, The Rio de Janeiro Reader presents the "Marvelous City" in all its complexity, importance, and intrigue.


"The Rio Reader is an excellent source of materials for the classroom in all the multiple fields of urban history from a social, political, economic, or cultural perspective. They would come handy on any course focusing on global history, the Black Atlantic, port cities, planning history (in addition to courses on Latin American history in general). Even more, the book is a perfect companion for a visit to Rio de Janeiro: it triggers a truly historical imagination to unpack a city in which past and present form a chaotic amalgam." — Leandro Benmergui, Planning Perspectives

"A great city deserves a great reader, and this one rises to the occasion. From the colonial outpost to the modern megalopolis, from emperors to the humblest of residents, this reader offers snapshots of Rio from every angle. Chico Buarque described Cariocas as 'completely crazy citizens, with truckloads of reason.' This book captures the craziness and the reason."  — Bryan McCann, author of Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

"Prepared by three leading Rio de Janeiro scholars, The Rio de Janeiro Reader offers a sweeping and in-depth exploration of the city. Lively and interesting, it provides a gateway into understanding the social, economic, political, and cultural diversity of the city over the last 500 years."  — James N. Green, author of We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States


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Daryle Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland and the author of Culture Wars in Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930–1945, also published by Duke University Press.

Amy Chazkel is Associate Professor of History at the City University of New York, Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and the author of Laws of Chance: Brazil's Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life, also published by Duke University Press.

Paulo Knauss is Professor of History at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Niterói, Brazil) and the author of Rio de Janeiro da pacificação: Franceses e portugueses na disputa colonial.

Table of Contents Back to Top
A Note on Translations, Spelling, and Monetary Units  xi

Place-Names and Way-Finding  xiii

Acknowledgments  xvii

Introduction: The Marvelous City  1

I. Colonial Rio  9

The Early Colonial Period, 1502–1720s

The Viceregal Period, 1763–1808

The Transfer of the Portuguese Court (1808–1820s)

II. Imperial Rio  73

The Independence Era, 1820s–1830s

A Neutral Municipality, 1834–1889

III. Republican Rio  139

The Federal District, 1889–1930

The Federal District, 1930–1960

IV. Recent Rio  235

The City and State of Guanabara, 1960–1975

After the Fusion, 1975–1980s

Contemporary Rio, 1990s–2015

Suggestions for Further Reading and Viewing  367

Acknowledgments of Copyrights and Sources  375

Index  383
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-6006-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-5974-6
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