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A Concise History of Portugal Cambridge Concise Histories


A Concise History of Portugal Cambridge Concise Histories

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    David Birmingham(Author)
This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, its empire, and its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. It is the first single-volume account of Portugal's history to be written since the days of dictatorship and colonisation. After a short introduction to Portugal's 2000-year history before the revolution of 1640, the book studies the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade, and the evolution of close ties with England, Portugal's 'oldest ally'. The Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was overthrown and, by 1926, had been replaced by a dictatorship which tried to overcome Portugal's poverty by building a new empire in Africa. In 1975 Portugal withdrew from its African colonies and turned north to become a democratic member of the European community.

'… should become standard reading for all those seeking an insight into the historical evolution of this remarkable country.' David Brookshaw, The Times Higher Education Supplement'Especially impressive on its long timescale, the integration of domestic and imperial, political and economic history, and the concise account of the often complex nineteenth-century developments … A most valuable account of Britain's oldest ally … '. Archives

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  • PDF | 223 pages
  • David Birmingham(Author)
  • Cambridge University Press (17 Jun. 1993)
  • English
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  • By RENE on 5 July 2016

    After reading this book I felt like Portugal was a country that has been struggling since his creation. However this is not true, Portugal had an empire like many other empires there are glorious and no merit was given to Portugal for discovery the new world.It doesn't even talk about the Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães) was the first person to circumnavigate the globe, and Magellan who named the Pacific Ocean. After experiencing some tumultuous weather on the Atlantic side of South America, sailing through the Strait of Magellan and into the Pacific Ocean was a sailor’s dream. He called it “Mar Pacifico”, or “peaceful sea,” and believed it would only be a short time before they arrived at the Spice Islands.

  • By Watchdog on 14 December 2012

    If there is something good you can say about Portugal, let's keep it short and low profile. If there is something negative you can say about the country, let's blow it out of proportion. These appear to be the two criteria in this so-called history. On the age of Portuguese maritime expansion, not much credit is given to Portugal for its role in opening the way subsequently followed by other European nations. There is a lot though on corruption in Portugal's colonial presence, which in truth may have been less than the corruption from other colonial powers. Anyone wishing to know the country's history will be better off with a more objective work; and this can be easily found.

  • By Lisa Harris on 7 November 2011

    Anything positive about the history of Portugal is given a low profile or has chunks missing or is missed altogether. Anything less glorious is given ample development, with debatable historical accuracy. The 'golden age' apparently didn't merit a chapter of its own, had to be put together with the Lisbon earthquake, which occurred later, and dwell mainly on slavery and religious oppression. This is an example of what another reviewer has pointed out as a 'distorted' image of the country and its people.

  • By Alex on 13 October 2015

    Far too small and too general. It is a rather negative piece and it fails to portrait and develop the most important age and the in depth analysis of the Avis dinasty. Do not recommend.

  • By Guest on 1 January 2017

    Useful for a good general overview of the 20th century but doesn't go into specifics on different areas of society. I bought this hoping there would be a section on women for me to use when I was writing my coursework but there wasn't.

  • By TC on 5 December 2016


  • By Rosemary Hyam on 20 April 2014

    I bought this book for university and found it really useful to find the background to the events that we were studying. Certainly very useful for historians and learners of Portuguese.

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