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- DescriptionThe Forbidden Lands concerns a pivotal but unexamined surge in frontier violence that engulfed the eastern forests of eighteenth-century Brazil's most populous region, Minas Gerais. Focusing on social, cultural, and racial relations, it challenges standard depictions of the occupation of Portuguese America's vast interior, while situating its frontier history in the broader context of the Americas and the Atlantic world. The author argues that the key to understanding the colony's internal consolidation-igred and misconstrued by scholars fixed on coastal events and export-led development-resides in the incompatible ways in which Luso-Brazilians, Afro-Brazilians, and semimadic indigeus peoples accused of cannibalism sought to territorialize their distinctive societies. He demonstrates that cultural conflict on the frontier was a defining characteristic of Brazil's transition from colony to independent nation and a fundamental consequence of its relationship to a wider world. The study moves Brazil to a prominent place in our understanding of the hemispheric sweep of internal colonization in the Americas. Essays based on material in this book have won the 2006 CLAH Prize and the 2005 Tibesar Prize.
- Author BiographyHal Langfur is Associate Professor of History at SUNY, Buffalo.
- Author(s)Hal Langfur
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication25/07/2006
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note14 tables, 5 figures, 26 illustrations, 1 map
- Weight735 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine30 mm
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