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World War II Re-explored

Some New Millenium Studies in the History of the Global Conflict

Edited By Jarosław Suchoples, Stephanie James and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

This volume is a collection of thirty papers written by authors from around the world. The writers focus on topics related to their own research interests. As a result, readers obtain a worldwide perspective on World War II from academics working on nearly every continent, proving that World War II was, probably, the first ever truly global experience for humanity. Present are many and different perspectives on the war. Eighty years after the end of World War II, these academics share their knowledge and reflections about a gruesome, but still not very remote time. In the new millennium, their studies should remind readers that the ‘end of history’ has been an impossible illusion and warn that peace and stability in international relations are not a given.

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Brazil’s Participation in World War II


Abstract: This work aims to analyze Brazil’s role in WWII and the origins of the alliance with the USA, by discussing the conception of a Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) and their actions in the battle fields in Italy. It begins with an overview of Brazil’s situation in the 1930s – a country eagerly searching for military modernization as well as industrial and economic development. Without sufficient financial resources, the government tried to take advantage of the competition between Germany and the United States, with the purpose of acquiring funding for its plans. In 1937, President Getúlio Vargas implemented a dictatorship supported by the civil and military sectors which shared the very same ideals of modernization. When WWII began in 1939, the Brazilian government maintained their diplomatic relations with the Axis. There was a large number of Italian, Japanese and German immigrants living in the country, and many others were also inclined towards the ideologies of those regimes, including high-level government officials. However, with the attack on Pearl Harbor, Brazil did not hesitate to put an end to their relations with the Axis, showing support for the USA. In response, Germany and Italy made various submarine attacks, these were seen as a declaration of war. The FEB will be analyzed from an Oral History perspective and issues such as racism, culture clashes and soldiers’ daily lives at the front. The chapter will finish by highlighting some of the most relevant works on the subject.

Keywords: Brazil, FEB,...

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