Brazil is a vast, complex country with great potential but an uneven history. This comprehensive one-volume history will introduce readers to the history of Brazil from its origins to today. It emphasizes current affairs, including Brazil's return to democracy after more than two decades of military rule, and the economic consequences of adopting free-market policies as part of the creation of the global marketplace. The history of Brazil unfolds in narrative chronological chapters, beginning with the Portuguese conquest and continuing up to the present day. Short biographical sketches of forty prominent Brazilians, a glossary of Portuguese terms, and a bibliographical essay add reference value to this work. This is the only up-to-date history of Brazil, current through 1999, and the only concise one-volume history perfectly suited for students and travellers alike.Levine, Robert M. is the author of 'History of Brazil', published 2003 under ISBN 9781403962553 and ISBN 1403962553.