A Century of Change

Edited by Ignacy Sachs, Jorge Wilheim, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

Translated by Robert N. Anderson. Foreword by Jerry Dávila.

392 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 fig., 1 map, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5927-8
    Published: April 2009
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9411-8
    Published: April 2009

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Brazil, the largest of the Latin American nations, is fast becoming a potent international economic player as well as a regional power. This English translation of an acclaimed Brazilian anthology provides critical overviews of Brazilian life, history, and culture and insight into Brazil's development over the past century. The distinguished essayists, most of whom are Brazilian, provide expert perspectives on the social, economic, and cultural challenges that face Brazil as it seeks future directions in the age of globalization.

All of the contributors connect past, present, and future Brazil. Their analyses converge on the observation that although Brazil has undergone radical changes during the past one hundred years, trenchant legacies of social and economic inequality remain to be addressed in the new century. A foreword by Jerry Dávila highlights the volume’s contributions for a new, English-reading audience.

The contributors are Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira, Cristovam Buarque, Aspásia Camargo, Gilberto Dupas, Celso Furtado, Afrânio Garcia, Celso Lafer, José Seixas Lourenço, Renato Ortiz, Moacir Palmeira, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Ignacy Sachs, Paulo Singer, Hervé Thery, and Jorge Wilheim.

About the Authors

Ignacy Sachs is professor at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris.
For more information about Ignacy Sachs, visit the Author Page.

Jorge Wilheim is a Brazilian architect, planner, and former government official.
For more information about Jorge Wilheim, visit the Author Page.

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro is professor of political science at the University of São Paulo.
For more information about Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, visit the Author Page.


"Extremely valuable to scholarship."--The Latin American Review of Books

"[A] lucid compilation of essays . . . immerse[s] readers in the nation's history, culture, population changes, and political, social, and concentrated wealth changes. . . . It is notable that Brazilian academics and policy makers who have been principle figures in Brazilian administrative life wrote 11 of the 12 essays. Their applied insights show in these candid and articulate summaries, which ultimately advocate for alterations of the national reality for the present century. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

"Presents the collective wisdom of a group of prominent intellectuals and policy makers. . . . This fine English translation provides us with an excellent text for our students and colleagues who have not yet had the privilege of learning Portuguese."--Hispanic American Historical Review

“The volume will serve especially well in advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars . . . . Highly recommended.”--EIAL

“Presents the collective wisdom of a group of prominent intellectuals and policy makers as they reflect on the path Brazil traversed in the twentieth century.”--Latin American Research Review

"Because of their leading academic and policy roles, there is no better group of observers than the contributors to this volume to comment on Brazil's postdictatorship political consensus and on the unfinished challenge of unraveling the country's inequalities."--Jerry Dávila, from the Foreword