The Prestes Column: An Interior History of Modern Brazil

Jacob Blanc

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Abstract / Description of output

In The Prestes Column, Jacob Blanc offers a new interpretation of the legendary rebellion, in which a band of rebel officers and soldiers marched fifteen thousand miles through the vast interior regions of Brazil between 1924 and 1927. Blanc’s analysis of the Prestes Column is a showcase of what he calls “interior history.” At a pivotal moment in national politics, the long march of the column came to embody the constructed duality of Brazil’s interior: a space that was seen by coastal elites as simultaneously backward—in relation to the more modern coast—and dormant, an expanse of untapped potential waiting to be brought into the nation. Drawing on a range of materials, from officers’ memoirs and local eyewitness accounts to physical memorials and government archives, Blanc’s framework of interior history helps explain the column’s initial rise to fame and also its enduring legacy across the twentieth century, offering a new approach for the study of space and nation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDuke University Press
Number of pages312
ISBN (Electronic)9781478059080
ISBN (Print)9781478030089, 9781478025825
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Brazil
  • interior
  • interior history
  • sertão
  • Prestes Column
  • Luís Carlos Prestes
  • spatial history
  • regionalism


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