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Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas – Anuario de Historia de America Latina

Ed. by Duve, Thomas / Hensel, Silke / Mücke, Ulrich / Pieper, Renate / Potthast, Barbara

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Volume 44, Issue 1


Civilização e nação: o índio na historiografia brasileira oitocentista

Christian Haußer
Published Online: 2013-12-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.7767/jbla.2007.44.1.235


Historical works, and especially their treatment of the Indian, played a crucial role for the national self-conception of Latin America’s newly created states after independence. Contrary to the Indian’s stylization in the late colonial era, scholarship on historical works of the nineteenth century has repeatedly affirmed the detraction and even the banishment of the Indian from the national past. In spite of that, the índio’s representation in Brazilian historiography right after independence reveals that the Indian’s true role may only be insufficiently addressed by the question for his inclusion into the national project or his exclusion from it. By asking how the role of the Indian was debated within the dominating concept of “civilization”, this article shows, moreover, why such a dichotomous perception is mistaken.

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Published Online: 2013-12-18

Published in Print: 2007-12-01

Citation Information: Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas, Volume 44, Issue 1, Pages 235–258, ISSN (Online) 2194-3680, ISSN (Print) 1438-4752, DOI: https://doi.org/10.7767/jbla.2007.44.1.235.

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