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Diffie, Bailey W. (1902-1983) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Diffie, Bailey W. (1902-1983)
Fuller Form: Bailey Wallys Diffie

Historical Note: Historian Bailey Diffie specialized in medieval and early modern Portuguese history, as well as in that of colonial Brazil and Latin America.  Bailey taught at City College in New York, Columbia University, the University of Washington, and the University of Texas.  His major publications include Puerto Rico: A Broken Pledge (1945), Latin American Civilization: Colonial Period (1945), Prelude to Empire: Portugal Overseas before Henry the Navigator (1960) and Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415-1580 (1977). Diffie's teaching career as well as his influential work, Latin American Civilization established a significant place for him in the field of Latin American Studies.

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