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April 12, 2011

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Ohio State Lima history professor publishes first book

Stanley E. Blake, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at The Ohio State University at Lima, recently published his first book, The Vigorous Core of Our Nationality: Race and Regional Identity in Northeastern Brazil.

The Vigorous Core of Our Nationality explores the origins and developments of northeastern Brazilís regional identity and its distinct population known as nordestinos during the crucial historical period of the mid-nineteenth century through 1945. Blake examines the paradoxical concept of the nordestino and the significance of the issues of the time period to the process of state and nation building. In addition to serving political, social and economic agendas, these debates also brought to light issues of social justice and led to reforms for both the people and the region.

Blake has taught at Ohio State Lima since 2004, specializing in modern Brazilian and Latin American history. His research interests include race and national identity in Latin America, Latin American political and economic history, and the history of medicine and public health in the Americas. Courses he teaches include a two-quarter survey of Latin American history, world history, the history of Brazil, the history of Mexico, U.S.-Latin American relations, and the social history of medicine.

The Vigorous Core of Our Nationality is published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and is available at the Lima Campus Bookstore or Amazon.