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KROPF, Simone Petraglia. Manoel Bomfim and Euclides da Cunha: dissonant voices on the horizons of progress. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 1996, vol.3, n.1, pp.80-98. ISSN 0104-5970.

The article presents a counterpoint between the conceptions of Brazilian society developed by Euclides da Cunha and Manoel Bomfim in their books Os sertões (1902; tr. Rebellion in the Backlands, 1944) and A America Latina: males de origem (1905). Framing both works against the climate of enthusiasm over national modernization which marked the turn of the century, the article identifies common points and differences: how these authors questioned the ongoing political-social process, in which Brazil was proclaimed to be on the road to progress and civilization; how each put forward their critical viewpoints regarding the logic and goals governing this process; and the limits that each imputed to the process then underway.

Keywords : Euclides da Cunha; Manoel Bomfim; modernization; progress; civilization; national identity.

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