José da Silva Lisboa and the Pathology of Revolution
Focusing on José da Silva Lisboa’s Constituição Moral e Deveres do Cidadão (1824/1825), this article explores how the image of Revolution, modeled on the "catastrophic" experiences of France and Haiti, projects itself onto the scenario of the nascent Brazilian empire. For Lisboa, the moralizing discourse should be capable of founding a new order in the tropics, of protecting "Brazilian youth" from the seduction of renovating principles, of maintaining well-tied the knots of a social fabric threatened by the madness of revolutionaries, who brought to the horizon of a young nation the danger of dissolution and corruption of the body politic.
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