Gilberto Freyre is one of Brazil’s all-time finest intellectuals and social scientists. However, unlike his famous French colleague and contemporary Fernand Braudel, Freyre is not currently considered a founder of the new ‘global history’. The article poses some questions: How valuable is Gilberto Freyre’s work to contemporary historiography? Since most of his books address such themes as colonialism, migration, and the ‘miscegenation’ of different ethnicities and cultures, do they perhaps also tell us something about what we now call globalization? As historians, within the framework of the new global history, can we use his writings to (better) understand the past? And if so, how can we make use of his work?
Gilberto Freyre (1900-1987); global history; heories of globalization; methodology; Fernand Braudel (1902-1985)