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Portugal: A Companion History (Aspects of Portugal S.)

By Jose Hermano Saraiva

Carcanet Press Ltd.
Paperback (180 pages)

Portugal: A Companion History (Aspects of Portugal S.)
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Professor Saraiva's multi-volume History of Portugal is a celebrated
scholarly standard work. Yet, when he published a one-volume Historia
Concisa, it proved a run-away best seller in Portugal, and the television
series that went with it became a chart-topper. His latest book, produced
especially for Carcanet's Aspects of Portugal series, is a history of his
country, brief, acute and illuminating, written with scholarly insight and
with non-specialist foreign readers specifically in mind.
    
To this main text Ian Robertson, author of the well-known Blue
Guide to Portugal, has added a historical gazeteer, brief biographies,
chronological tables, maps and other elements which make this an essential
Companion, the sort of book that a reader in need of accurate, brief and
lucid reference will find useful, and every visitor to Portugal will find
rewarding.

The book is generously illustrated.

The Portuguese: A Portrait of a People

By Barry Hatton

Signal Books Ltd
Paperback (256 pages)

The Portuguese: A Portrait of a People
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Portugal is an established member of the European Union, one of the founders of the euro currency and a founder member of NATO. Yet it is an inconspicuous and largely overlooked country on the continent s south-west rim. Barry Hatton shines a light on this enigmatic corner of Europe by blending historical analysis with entertaining personal anecdotes. He describes the idiosyncracies that make the Portuguese unique and surveys the eventful path that brought them to where they are today. In the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Age of Discovery the Portuguese led Europe out of the Mediterranean into the Atlantic and they brought Asia and Europe together. Evidence of their one-time four-continent empire can still be felt, not least in the Portuguese language which is spoken by more than 220 million people from Brazil, across parts of Africa to Asia. Analyzing present-day society and culture, The Portuguese also considers the nation s often tumultuous past. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was one of Europe's greatest natural disasters, strongly influencing continental thought and heralding Portugal's extended decline. The Portuguese also weathered Europe's longest dictatorship under twentieth-century ruler Antonio Salazar. A 1974 military coup, called the Carnation Revolution, placed the Portuguese at the centre of Cold War attentions. Portugal's quirky relationship with Spain, and with its oldest ally England, is also scrutinized. Portugal, which claims Europe's oldest fixed borders, measures just 561 by 218 kilometres . Within that space, however, it offers a patchwork of widely differing and beautiful landscapes. With an easygoing and seductive lifestyle expressed most fully in their love of food, the Portuguese also have an anarchical streak evident in many facets of contemporary life. A veteran journalist and commentator on Portugal, the author paints an intimate portrait of a fascinating and at times contradictory country and its people.

The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the Move

By A. J. R. Russell-Wood

Johns Hopkins University Press
Paperback (384 pages)

The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the Move
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This is the story of the first and one of the greatest colonial empires: its birth, apotheosis, and decline. By approaching the history of the Portuguese empire thematically, A. J. R. Russell-Wood is able to pursue ideas and make connections that previously have been constrained by strict chronological approaches. Using the study of movement as a focus, Russell-Wood gains unique insight into the diversity, breadth, and balance between the competing interests and priorities that characterized the Portuguese culture and its expansion spanning four centuries' events on four different continents.

Slave Narrative Six Pack 6 - Slavery in the Bible, Henry Bibb, Portuguese Slavery, Slavery and Secession, The Slave Preacher and Roman Slavery (Illustrated)

By Isaac Allen, Evelyn Baring & William Warde Fowler

Released: 2016-03-09
Kindle Edition (285 pages)

Slave Narrative Six Pack 6 - Slavery in the Bible, Henry Bibb, Portuguese Slavery, Slavery and Secession, The Slave Preacher and Roman Slavery (Illustrated)
 
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“No blessing, no good, can follow in the path trodden by slavery.”
- Dorothea Dix.

Slave Narrative Six Pack 6 presents six more essential texts:

Is Slavery Sanctioned by the Bible? by Isaac Allen.
Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave, Written by Himself by Henry Bibb.
Portuguese Slavery in the 20th Century by Evelyn Baring.
The Iron Furnace; or, Slavery and Secession by John H. Aughey.
The Slave Preacher by Charles Thompson.
Roman Slavery by William Warde Fowler.

Includes image gallery.

The Portuguese in India (The New Cambridge History of India)

By M. N. Pearson

Cambridge University Press
Paperback (204 pages)

The Portuguese in India (The New Cambridge History of India)
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The Portuguese were the first European imperial power in Asia. Dr. Pearson's volume of the History is a clear account of their activities in India and the Indian Ocean from the sixteenth century onwards that is written squarely from an Indian point of view. Laying particular stress on social, economic, and religious interaction between Portuguese and Indians, the author argues that the Portuguese had a more limited impact on everyday life in India than is sometimes supposed. Their imperial effort was characterized more by reciprocity and interaction than by an unilateral imposition of Portuguese mores and political structures.


 
 
 

 
 
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