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