Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Involuntários da pátria: Forging the Brazilian nation and memory of the Paraguayan war, 1864–1875
by Jaimes, Abraham, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 122; 1490390
Abstract (Summary)

The objective of this study is to examine how elites and Afro-Brazilians contributed to Brazil's national memory of the Paraguayan War (1864-1870). My research analyzes the war and the immediate post-war years to determine how elites and Afro-Brazilians attempted to shape the narrative and memory of the war, through and in their own image. The argument of this study is that elites and Afro-Brazilians competed for ownership of the formation of nationalism using the military, through the newspapers, memoirs, and diaries. For elites, the war created the opportunity to bestow their own values onto the population, often by using slaves as propaganda of a civilizing project. For free Afro-Brazilians, mobilization evoked a distinct racial memory that promoted Afro-Brazilians as a means of identifying as Brazilians citizens. These different groups competed for the memory of the war in order to define the Brazilian nation that emerged from that conflict.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sedrez, Lise
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American history, World History, History
Publication Number: 1490390
ISBN: 9781124550039
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