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Contributions to Theory and Comparative History of Historiography

German and Brazilian Perspectives


Edited By Luiz Estevam de Oliveira Fernandes, Luísa Rauter Pereira and Sérgio da Mata

This book bears witness to the tightening of bonds that has been taking place among the Brazilian and the German historiographical communities in the last years. It presents a wide array of historiographical issues by various scholars: the role played by history writing in modern processes of nation-building, Alexander von Humboldt’s indirect Brazilian experience, the humanistic and methodical legacies of 19 th century German historical thinking, current perspectives in the history of concepts, and the potentials and limits of history as a means for political education.
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Brazil, Germany: Historiographies and Identities


While I was unable to put the finishing touches on the magnificent national hall, at least I plastered the wall.2

José Bonifácio

The words of Jose Bonifácio, referring to the inevitably incomplete nature of what he thought he could do for nascent Brazil, can also be used to underscore similar efforts in the first half of the 19th century in the German territories. The beginning of the eighteen hundreds is revolutionary, French, Napoleonic. It then becomes English and Austrian. The effort to create a united and territorially vast Brazil, after the failure of the projects to preserve a Luso-Brazilian empire centered in Rio de Janeiro, contrast with the political fragmentation of Hispanic America and with the monarchic Restoration in a Europe in a political mosaic.

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