St John’s College, Cambridge University

The Kenneth Maxwell Collection at St. John’s College, Cambridge University consists collection of books covering colonial Brazil (with a emphasis on the 18th century, through the establishment of the Portuguese Court in Rio de Janeiro in 1808, until the recognition of Brazil's independence by Portugal in 1825); and on Portugal (covering the period from 1750, with a special focus on the rule of the Marques de Pombal. In addition, there is a contextual collection of books on colonial Latin America, books of maps and photographs of Brazil, and books concerning Atlantic history in the period of the American Revolution.

For a description of the Maxwell Collection by Professor Gabriel Paquette click The Eagle 2012 extract.pdf

St John’s has also announced a new Celso Furtado Fellowship which will bring a leading Brazilian historian or humanities scholar to Cambridge each year.

Princeton University

Princeton University Library Special Collections: "Documenting the Portuguese Revolution 1962-1994

The maxwell fund also finances purchases for Brazilian materials for the manuscript collection

Harvard University
The Kenneth Maxwell Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies was awarded for the first time in the Spring of 2005, and was established to recognise the best Harvard College senior thesis on a subject related to Brazil. Candidates may be nominated by their department/concentration/instructional committee, or candidates may nominate their own thesis. This annual prize is funded by a gift to The Rockerfeller Centre DRCLAS from Professor Kenneth Maxwell. The prize carries a monetary award of $500.The Kenneth Maxwell Summer Research Grant established by Harvard Rockefeller Center in honour of Professor Kenneth Maxwell and his life long commitment to Brazil and the study of its history. A $2,000 grant awarded annually to a graduate or professional school student for summer research in Brazil.

Princeton University
Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize. The Program in Latin American Studies awarded for the best thesis related to Brazil. May be in any field or discipline. The Prize carries a monetary award of $500.

Kenneth Maxwell Collection

Folha Weekly Column

Kenneth Maxwell was the founding Director of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) (2006-2008) and a Visiting Professor in Harvard's Department of History (2004-2008) more

Perfect Storm

Thursday, 30 July 2015

New blog this week

China is the world's second largest economy. It is Brazil's largest trading partner.  On Monday of this week the Shanghai stock market fell by 8.5%, the largest drop in eight years. This despite massive intervention by the Chinese authorities after a 30% fall in the value of shares in three weeks earlier this year. The fall this week was probably greater than 8.5% since stocks are only allowed to fall or rise by 10% on any given day before they are automatically suspended from trading. Millions of small speculative Chinese investors are also been badly burnt by this market collapse, ironically precisely by the manner in which Chinese state capitalism is now functioning, and the failure of Beijing's effort to prop up the domestic share market. The slow down of the Chinese economy is partly to blame. Chinese growth last year was 7.5%, the slowest in 24 years, and many analysts expect that Chinese growth will have difficulty in reaching 7% this year. Many are worried that China may be headed for a so-called "hard landing." In other words they are asking if China is about to experience a rapid shift from growth to slow growth. Or if it is about to experience a "soft landing" where growth slows enough to contain inflation, but remains high enough to avoid recession. Either way this is very bad news for Brazil and will impact Brazilian exports of petroleum, soya, and a wide range of Brazilian raw material exports to China.

Thesis Prize