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A general in politics: Luis Alves de Lima e Silva and the consolidation of the Imperial State (1846-1862)

Grant number: 12/15479-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal Investigator:Monica Duarte Dantas
Grantee:Leonardo dos Reis Gandia
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/00196-5 - Caxias and the River Plate: politics and war (1851-1852) documentary and bibliografical researches in Argentineans archives, BE.EP.MS


Luis Alves de Lima e Silva was an important figure in Brazilian political life throughout much of the nineteenth century. However, the memory that is created around his image has always been related to his career and his achievements as an officer of the Brazilian Army, which eventually eclipsed his activeness as a politician of the Empire. This research project therefore aims to study the political activities of the future Duke of Caxias in order to use it as a departure point for a more detailed analysis of a crucial period of consolidation of the imperial state, which extends from the end of the Revolt of the Rags to the formation of the Progressive League.Accordingly, we intend to explore both the political participation of Caxias in the Imperial Senate, the events of fundamental importance for understanding the political arrangements locked at the time, namely, the involvement of Brazil later in the conflicts in the Great War (1851-1852), the training and development policy of the Office of conciliation, which was part of Caxias (even assuming the presidency in 1856) and political disputes post-conciliation, which fostered a reorganization of the party positions in the Empire, culminating in the period known as the Progressive League . In spite of the fact that de Caxias have been involved, directly or indirectly, in all these crucial events of the organization of the Brazilian state, will take his political career both as an analysis of their partisan political alignments in the period as a means of understanding the own political context surrounding the general, always trying to link the particular to the general framework.

Academic Publications
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GANDIA, Leonardo dos Reis. Politics by the sword: Caxias and the consolidation of the Brazilian interests in the River Plate (1842-1852). 2015. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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