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Cambridge Latin American Studies: Series Number 112



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Cambridge Latin American Studies: Series Number 112 by John M Monteiro
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Originally published in Portuguese in 1994 as Negros da Terra, this field-defining work by the late historian John M. Monteiro has been translated into English by Professors Barbara Weinstein and James Woodard. Monteiro's work established ethnohistory as a field in colonial Brazilian studies and made indigenous history a vital part of how scholars understand Brazil's colonial past. Drawing on over two dozen collections on both sides of the Atlantic, Monteiro rescued Indians from invisibility, documenting their role as both objects and actors in Brazil's colonial past and, most importantly, providing the first history of Indian slavery in Brazil. Monteiro demonstrates how Indian enslavement, not exploration or the search for mineral wealth, was the driving force behind expansion out of Sao Paulo and through the South American backcountry. This book makes a groundbreaking contribution not only to Latin American history, but to the history of indigenous slavery in the Americas generally.

Author Biography

James Woodard is Professor of History at Montclair State University. He is the author of A Place in Politics: Sao Paulo, Brazil, from Seigneurial Republicanism to Regionalist Revolt (2009). Barbara Weinstein is Silver Professor of History at New York University and Past President of the American Historical Association. She is the author of The Color of Modernity: Sao Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil (2015), For Social Peace in Brazil: Industrialists and the Remaking of the Working Class in Sao Paulo, 1920-1964 (1997), and The Amazon Rubber Boom, 1850-1920 (1983). John M. Monteiro was a professor in the Department of Anthropology of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and the director of the same university's Instituto de Filosofia e Ciencias Humanas. He also held visiting positions at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University, Massachusetts.
Release date NZ
October 25th, 2018
Edited and translated by Barbara Weinstein Edited and translated by James Woodard
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
14 Tables, black and white
Cambridge University Press
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