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In the wake of African decolonization, Brazil attempted to forge connections with newly independent countries. In the early 1960s it launched an effort to establish diplomatic ties with Africa; in the 1970s it undertook trade campaigns to open African markets to Brazilian technology. Hotel Trópico reveals the perceptions, particularly regarding race, of the diplomats and iIn the wake of African decolonization, Brazil attempted to forge connections with newly independent countries. In the early 1960s it launched an effort to establish diplomatic ties with Africa; in the 1970s it undertook trade campaigns to open African markets to Brazilian technology. Hotel Trópico reveals the perceptions, particularly regarding race, of the diplomats and intellectuals who traveled to Africa on Brazil’s behalf. Jerry Dávila analyzes how their actions were shaped by ideas of Brazil as an emerging world power, ready to expand its sphere of influence; of Africa as the natural place to assert that influence, given its historical slave-trade ties to Brazil; and of twentieth-century Brazil as a “racial democracy,” a uniquely harmonious mix of races and cultures. While the experiences of Brazilian policymakers and diplomats in Africa reflected the logic of racial democracy, they also exposed ruptures in this interpretation of Brazilian identity. Did Brazil share a “lusotropical” identity with Portugal and its African colonies, so that it was bound to support Portuguese colonialism at the expense of Brazil’s ties with African nations? Or was Brazil a country of “Africans of every color,” compelled to support decolonization in its role as a natural leader in the South Atlantic? Drawing on interviews with retired Brazilian diplomats and intellectuals, Dávila shows the Brazilian belief in racial democracy to be about not only race but also Portuguese ethnicity....

Title : Hotel Tropico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950-1980
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ISBN : 9780822348559
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 328 Pages
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Hotel Tropico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization, 1950-1980 Reviews

  • Helio Neves
    2019-03-24 06:35

    Além de uma análise histórica excelente, o livro traz discussões relevantes sobre as relações raciais no Brasil e sobre como a África é vista pelos brasileiros. Em geral, ótima leitura para os interessados no tópico.

  • Jeanne
    2019-04-09 10:49

    3.5An interesting approach to decolonization in Africa (particularly Portuguese Africa) and the role that Brazil played in it. Definitely meant for someone more familiar in the topic though, I had a hard time with the number of names thrown at me.