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The Party of OrderThe Conservatives, the State, and Slavery in the Brazilian Monarchy, 1831–1871$
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Jeffrey D. Needell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753692

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753692.001.0001

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Introduction: An Obscured Genesis

Introduction: An Obscured Genesis

(p.1) Introduction: An Obscured Genesis
The Party of Order
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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the role of slavery and the Conservative Party in the history of the Brazilian monarchy during the period from 1831 to 1871. This volume provides a political analysis of the foundational history of Brazil and proposes revisions to some of consecrated assumptions about the nature of the Party of Order and its successor, the Conservative Party. It investigates how the slave-holding sugar and coffee planter and merchant interests created a centralized authoritarian state and argues that the political elite fraction that emerged as dominant in the leadership of the Party of Order adapted a reactionary ideology in response to the continued centrality and expansion of a slavery-based export economy and the destabilizing events of the Regency.

Keywords:   Brazilian monarchy, slavery, Conservative Party, Party of Order, authoritarian state, slavery-based export economy

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