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Varia Historia

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DIAS, Renato da Silva. The cross and the sword: religion, politics and social control in the golden captaincy of Minas Gerais (1693-1745). Varia hist. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.43, pp. 155-175. ISSN 0104-8775.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752010000100009.

This paper focuses on the political implications regarding the Catholicism implementation in the hinterland of the gold captaincy of Minas Gerais-Brazil, during its organization (1693-1745), empathizing the main difficulties faced by the Portuguese crown in order to establish the religious life in this territory. The political aspect can not be investigated only in its more apparent record, since it also lays on more profound causes rooted in the religious imagery. Consequently, before the "real" complexity, it became necessary to verify its mediations, limits and the dependence/independence coefficient between this instance and the religious facet. The analysis of the political aspect via "religious issue" demands further effort and reflection in order to understand men in their own time, as active social agents, although many times they act under extremely hard circumstances. To do so, this study is conducted in the light of the coeval documentation, especially that recorded by the Government Office.

Keywords : religion; politics; resistance; Minas Gerais.

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