The Cabanagem and Postcolonial Nation-Building in the Brazilian Amazon, 1830-1860

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Title:
The Cabanagem and Postcolonial Nation-Building in the Brazilian Amazon, 1830-1860
Physical Description:
1 online resource (245 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Kernan, Sarah Jeanette
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
History
Committee Chair:
NEEDELL,JEFFREY D
Committee Co-Chair:
BARR,JULIANA
Committee Members:
GEGGUS,DAVID P
ALTMAN,IDA LOUISE
SCHMINK,MARIANNE C

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
amazon -- brazil -- nation -- race -- rebellion
History -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
History thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
My dissertation reintegrates the history of the Cabanagem, a rebellion in the province of Grão-Pará in Amazonia from 1835 to 1841, into a broader political narrative of Brazilian history. Scholars of Brazil have mostly concluded that the Cabanagem was an elite political squabble that quickly descended into race warfare. Many continue to treat the Cabanagem in isolation, with little concern for how the regional rebellion influenced national politics, and how national pressures reshaped local power relations. Based on archival research in Belém, Brazil in the Arquivo Público do Pará and the Arquivo Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, I argue that the Cabanagem was the beginning of a national project to incorporate this vast amount of territory. Rio de Janeiro sent troops not only to subdue and control the province, but also to order it and nationalize it.The general in charge of the military mission became a virtual dictator and organized all members of society into work corps, explicitly to"civilize" and teach morality to Amazonians in order to prepare them for "the gifts of the Brazilian Constitution." My dissertation contributes to conversations about postcolonial nation-building, the multidimensional impact of race and class on citizenship and national identity,and the imposition of Eurocentric notions of civilization on the supposedly“backwards” regions of the Americas. The history of the Cabanagem disrupts the narrative of a peaceful transition to nationhood that has long defined nineteenth-century Brazil.  It provides a chance to see the uneven process of nation-building. In the aftermath of the rebellion, when the state imposed political authority and cultural dominance in the distant provinces, new forms of negotiation emerged and restructured power relations in unanticipated ways. I propose that the Cabanagem informs the beginning of the nation-building processes that, in some ways, defined the history of nineteenth-century Brazil, and provides insights into understanding the evolving and contested relationships between the nation and its citizens.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Sarah Jeanette Kernan.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: NEEDELL,JEFFREY D.
Local:
Co-adviser: BARR,JULIANA.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-12-31

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UFRGP
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Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0046267:00001