Scramble for the Amazon and the Lost Paradise of Euclides Da Cunha

ISBN-10: 0226322815

ISBN-13: 9780226322810

Edition: 2011

Authors: Susanna B. Hecht

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The fortunes of the late nineteenth century's imperial and industrial powers depended on a single raw materialrubberwith only one source: the Amazon basin. And so began the scramble for the Amazona decades-long conflict that found Britain, France, Belgium, and the United States fighting with and against the new nations of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil for the forest's riches. In the midst of this struggle, Euclides da Cunha, engineer, journalist, geographer, political theorist, and one of Brazil's most celebrated writers, led a survey expedition to the farthest reaches of the river, among the world's most valuable, dangerous, and little-known landscapes. The Scramble for the Amazontells the story of da Cunha's terrifying journey, the unfinished novel born from it, and the global strife that formed the backdrop for both. Haunted by his broken marriage, da Cunha trekked through a beautiful region thrown into chaos by guerrilla warfare, starving migrants, and native slavery. All the while, he worked on his masterpiece, a nationalist synthesis of geography, philosophy, biology, and journalism he named the Lost Paradise. Da Cunha intended his epic to unveil the Amazon's explorers, spies, natives, and brutal geopolitics, but, as Susanna B. Hecht recounts, he never completed ithis wife's lover shot him dead upon his return. At once the biography of an extraordinary writer, a masterly chronicle of the social, political, and environmental history of the Amazon, and a superb translation of the remaining pieces of da Cunha's project, The Scramble for the Amazonis a work of thrilling intellectual ambition.
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List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/9/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 600
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.552
Language: English

Susanna B. Hecht is professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Topanga, CA.

Os Sert�es: The Pre-Amazonian Life of Euclides da Cunha
A Short Prelude: From Os Sert�es to As Selvas
The Unlikely Protagonist
The Afterlife of Revolution
A Quilombo Called Canudos
Mud-Walled Jerusalem, Mud-Walled Troy
The Scramble for the Amazon
In the Times of Scrambles in the Land of the Amazons
Imperialisms, Revolutions, and Resolutions in the Caribbean Amazon
"American Amazon"? Colonizations and Speculations
Wall Street, Rebels, and Rio Branco
Peru, Pur�s, Brazil
Euclides and the Baron
As Selvas: Into the Litigious Zones
"Impressions completely new to me"
"Such is the river, such is its history"
In the Realm of Rubber
Argonauts of the Amazon
In Hostile Territory, Part 1: Official Report of the Joint Boundary Commission
In Hostile Territory, Part 2: Ex-party Report from da Cunha to Baron Rio Branco
Cartographer at Court
Return of the Native
Maps, Texts, and History
"Events that perhaps lacked a historian": Reflections and Supplements to the Formal Report of the Joint Survey Commission
Everyday Forms of Empire: The Tropicalist Ethnography of Euclides da Cunha
Abyss and Oblivion
Killing Dr. da Cunha
Hamlet's Lament
Illusions and Oblivion
A Note on the Text: Fragments, Translation, and Photos
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