Portugal in European and World History

Portugal in European and World History


Portugal is a country that has sometimes been dismissed as small and relatively unimportant. "Portugal in European and World History", however, demonstrates that the contrary is true, showing that Portugal has been crucial to the development of Europe and the modern world. Spanning many centuries, from early Moorish times to the Atlantic Empire; the English Alliance of 1650 1900; African colonies; the Salazar regime; and, the country's liberal revolution in 1974, Malyn Newitt offers a fresh appraisal of Portuguese history and its role in the world. The author examines episodes where Portugal was a key player or innovator, linking its history to a broader context. Chapters focus on such topics as Moorish Portugal, describing the cultural impact of contact with the Moors; the discovery of Brazil and opening up of trade with western Africa; and, the explorations of Vasco de Gama and the evolution of Portugal as the first commercial empire of modern times. Newitt also examines Portugal's role in the Counter-Reformation, in Spain's wars in Europe, and in the Anglo-Portuguese alliance.The Portuguese diaspora is considered: emigration had been taking place systematically since the fifteenth century but it reached massive proportions between 1820 and 1980.
The author also shows how emigration is linked to underdevelopment, imperialism and globalization, and how the Portuguese experience compares with that of other major diasporas. Finally, Portugal's position in Africa is assessed, the Salazar/Caetano regime of 1928 74 examined, and the fall of fascism and decolonization of Portugal explored in the light of global empires and movements. A new account of a country with a rich history, which has played a key role in the development and expansion of the modern world, "Portugal in European and World History" shows how Portugal has moved from being the last colonial power to one of the most enthusiastic proponents of the modern European ideal.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 0521711118
ISBN 13: 9780521711111

01 Nov 2010
James Pritchard

ISBN 10: 1107547865
ISBN 13: 9781107547865

06 Aug 2015
Munis D. Faruqui

ISBN 10: 0253217709
ISBN 13: 9780253217707

17 Jan 2005
Michael Khodarkovsky

ISBN 10: 0199874042
ISBN 13: 9780199874040

01 Dec 2011
Giancarlo Casale

ISBN 10: 0521738229
ISBN 13: 9780521738224

01 May 2009
Professor A. R. Disney

ISBN 10: 1566568447
ISBN 13: 9781566568449

15 Mar 2015
Barry Hatton

ISBN 10: 0521603978
ISBN 13: 9780521603973

13 Apr 2009
Professor A. R. Disney

ISBN 10: 0393925684
ISBN 13: 9780393925685

15 Dec 2003
J.R. McNeil

ISBN 10: 1108439551
ISBN 13: 9781108439558

15 Aug 2018
David Birmingham

ISBN 10: 0521893143
ISBN 13: 9780521893145

02 May 2002
Thomas T. Allsen

ISBN 10: 0812994000
ISBN 13: 9780812994001

01 Dec 2015
Roger Crowley

ISBN 10: 0061735132
ISBN 13: 9780061735134

28 Aug 2012
Nigel Cliff