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Sidney Chalhoub is professor of history at the University of Campinas, Brazil, and one of the best specialists in Slavery, particularly after its abolition in Brazil.  Professor Chalhoub claims that... [Event]
Recently, the IISH acquired the microfilm collection of the Partido dos Trabalhadores, which is President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's party. The microfilms are produced by the Fundação Perseu Abramo... [Collection highlight]
Asbestos reveals the effects of globalization from an unusual perspective. The health hazards associated with the use of asbestos are acknowledged throughout the West. Many countries have already... [Collection highlight]
Maurits van Nassau, governor of the Dutch possessions in Brazil, landed at Recife in January 1637. By a series of military expeditions against the Portuguese, he succeeded in extending the Dutch-... [Item of the Day]
According to the Law 'Adolpho Gordo' issued on 7 January 1907, all foreigners living in Brazil involved in crimes like homicide, the organization of prostitution, and participation in strikes and... [Item of the Day]
While parental emotions and well-being of the elderly slaves seemed of no interest to plantation holders, costs of maintenance were. In 1870s Brazil, it cost more to rear a locally-born slave child... [Item of the Day]
On 10 November 1937, Brazils reigning president Getúlio Vargas seized emergency powers and promulgated a new constitution. The 'new state', Estado Novo, professed its dedication to corporatist... [Item of the Day]
On 13 May 1888, Brazil was the last Latin American country to abolish slavery. About 15 percent of the population were slaves. The bakery worker and labour leader Joao de Mattos said: ‘in 1888 we... [Item of the Day]
Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, like many other boys from poor Brazilian families, started his career as a bootblack. On his 57th birthday, 27 October 2002, he is elected president of Brazil. This is an... [Item of the Day]
In view of the presidential elections in Brazil in 1989 (the first direct elections since 1960), the Partido Comunista do Brasil launches a 20-point program for a peoples' front. The communists... [Item of the Day]