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Title:The Brazilian Far West: Frontier Development in Mato Grosso,1870--1937
Author(s):Frank, Zephyr Lake
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Love, Joseph L.
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Abstract:The argument of the dissertation is developed through a detailed reconstruction of frontier society, economy, and politics. Quantitative analysis is brought to bear on: patterns of frontier land holding with the examination of nominal tax registries; the rate of growth of the frontier economy as a whole as well as on an industry- and firm-level basis; social structure and wealth holding through the analysis of probate records; and politics through the analysis of office holding, incumbency rates, and collective biographical data. The quantitative evidence developed in the dissertation has been cross-tabulated in order to yield new insights into the interrelation of social, economic, and political variables in historical development. The theoretical approach employed in this dissertation draws upon the empirical methods developed by the New Economic History while retaining the genuine insights of Marxist and dependentista analysis with the aim to provide a clearer picture of the internal and external factors in frontier development.
Issue Date:1999
Description:480 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9944856
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999

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