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HIST 385. History of Brazil. 3 Hours.

Brazil is more than carnaval alone, but that is a fundamental aspect of the largest South American society. In this course, we will examine Brazilian history and society from a wide variety of angles. The country is very diverse: from the Amazon rainforest where native peoples still live in isolation, to the Sao Paulo metropolitan area that can compete with any Western country as to modernity and industrial development. Brazil is a country full of contrasts: optimistic but sad, dancing sambas but violent. In the course we will examine Brazil's past and how this contributed to the country's present social, economic, political, and cultural situation. Prerequisite: one of the following HIST 101 or 102 or 103 or 104 or 211 or 212 or 215H or consent of instructor. NW.