Category Archives: Latin American History

Today in Even Worse, More Inaccurate Historical Analogies (or, “Pinochet Wasn’t a Populist”)

I thought “Trump is a populist/caudillo (because that’s the same thing)” would be the dumbest historical/political analogy I would read yesterday. Sadly, I was wrong: Better than most, the people of Latin America know how to spot a caudillo, or … Continue reading

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Today in Terrible and Inaccurate Historical Analogies (or, “Trump is not a Caudillo”)

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial by David Lunhow arguing that Donald Trump’s campaign is reminiscent of Latin American caudillos, primarily because he has some superficial similarities with populists. There’s so much historically wrong in here. First, … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Brazilian Independence

Today is the 193rd anniversary of Brazilian Independence. For those unfamiliar with the general story of independence in Brazil (and its unusual path), I wrote a brief primer back in 2011.

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Eduardo Gomes

This is part of an ongoing series. Previous entries can be found here. Eduardo Gomes was born in 1896 in Petrópolis, the Imperial summer base of Brazil’s monarchy, in the mountains just north of Rio de Janeiro. His father had … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Antônio de Siqueira Campos

This is part of an ongoing series. Previous entries can be found here. Building off of last week’s focus on João Cândido Felisberto, this week we look at another key figure in the history of military figures and rebellion in … Continue reading

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Twenty-First Century Monarchists

While the protesters demanding the military intervene and overthrow Dilma Rousseff amidst corruption scandals that seem to have infected all of political life (even if they in fact have not), they are not in fact the most out-of-touch pro-impeachment protesters in … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – João Cândido Felisberto

This post also appears at Lawyers, Guns & Money João Cândido Felisberto remains one of the more overlooked figures in one of the more overlooked periods of Brazilian history. However, his life offers much insight into the transitional nature of … Continue reading

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On Volkswagen’s Ties to the Brazilian Dictatorship

I recently received an email about Volkswagen’s ties to the Brazilian military regime, documented in the final report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission  (Comissão Nacional da Verdade – CNV), available for full viewing/download here. Stories of Volkswagen’s ties to the military regime and its … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Truth Commission – A Roundup

Yesterday, on International Human Rights Day, Brazil’s National Truth Commission (Comissão Nacional da Verdade) concluded and submitted its report after over two years of work across 14 work groups and thousands upon thousands of hours of interviews, fact-finding, document-collecting, and … Continue reading

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Others’ Thoughts on The Economist’s Foolishness over History and Memory

I wasn’t the only one who objected to the various arguments made in The Economist’s piece yesterday about how “Memory is not history.” There were several other thoughtful pieces that tackle the issue from different angles. Lillie deals with the false … Continue reading

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