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S. policymakers, animated by an all-embracing Cold War ethos, misread the internal dynamics of Brazilian society, especially its emerging nationalism and its consuming drive for industrial development. This led to later political and economic problems. S. policy toward Brazil in the early postwar period appears successful. 12 Page xiii Notes 1. Barton J. Bernstein, ''Truman and the Cold War," in Barton J. , Politics and Policies of the Truman Administration (Chicago: Quadrangle Press, 1970), pp.

Edward G. Miller, chief of the American Republics Division, for example, believed that, although Vargas would "do his best to extract the maximum from us" and would "drive a hard bargain," in the long run he would continue the ties of old friendship and the spirit of cooperation. Even Vargas's flirtation with Juan Perón of Argentina and talk of a reorientation toward Europe, according to Miller, were only attempts to bring greater pressure on the United States for increased aid and attention. "There was absolutely no doubt as to Vargas's ultimate position when the chips are down," he Page 18 declared.

Repeat the pattern of 1937 and attempt to seize arbitrary power, the report concluded, there were solid bases for discounting that contention. Vargas was seventy-one years old, tired, and lacked the drive to construct an authoritarian machine. 33 While discounting any effort by Vargas to return to the strongman-style government, the State Department report also reflected a growing American skepticism about developing a democratic system in Brazil. It dismissed the political parties as ineffective and unable to provide leadership to the nation.

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