I am currently completing two further books, Princess Isabel of Brazil, 1846-1921: Gender, Class and Power in the Nineteenth Century and Brazil: The Burdens of Nationhood, 1852-1910. My secondary research interest lies in the history of packing (by mule and horse) in British Columbia and of Latin Americans who settled in the province (1858-1920).
The academic press, UNESP Editora, has just agreed to publish a translation, scheduled to appear in 2007, of Citizen Emperor: Pedro II and the creation of Brazil, 1825-1891. It published a translation in 2005 of Princess Isabel of Brazil: Gender and Power in the Nineteenth Century.
Dr. Barman is currently in Rio de Janeiro giving a presentation on June 20 about his new book Brazil: The Burdens of Nationhood, 1852-1910 which is under contract with Stanford University Press.
"This volume reveals how the political and the personal intertwined to make Pedro II the person he was. He was remarkably self-centered, with a distrust of intimacy that left him emotionally deprived. He worked alone, and his principal advisors were never human beings but books. A man of monumental restraint and iron self-discipline, Pedro II took great care in speech and writing to reveal little of his inner self. These defenses once...
SPANISH ACTIVITY along the Pacific Northwest Coast from 1774 to 1793 has attracted a moderate amount of scholarly attention, including monographs by Warren Cook, Donald Cutter, and John Kendrick, as well as the publication, often in translation, of archival materials - logs, reports, and official correspondence. While he played no role in the confrontation between Spain and Great Britain over Nootka Sound (on the west coast of Vancouver Island) in 1789-90, he was selected in 1792 to be the Spanish agent for implementing the terms of the three conventions that defused the crisis through a mutual renunciation of territorial sovereignty and of claims to exclusive commerce and navigation.
Barman reviews Surprise Heirs, I: Illegitimacy, Patrimonial Rights, and Legal Nationalism in the Luso-Brazilian Inheritance, 1750-1821 by Linda Lewin and Surprise Heirs, II: Illegitimacy, Inheritance Rights, and Public Power in the Formation of Imperial Brazil, 1822-1889 by Linda Lewin.
Roderick J. Barman reviews "In Pursuit of Honor and Power: Noblemen of the Southern Cross in Nineteenth-Century Brazil," by Eul-Soo Pang.
By 1862 Cataline – the origin of the name is not clear though some sources link it to the Spanish region of Catalonia – had switched to running a pack-train of mules and horses, the indispensable means of supplying the gold mines of the Cariboo and later those of the Omineca and Cassiar districts.
Jean Chrétien hung onto office for months, seeking to leave a "legacy."...