A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire: Volume 1, Portugal

From Beginnings to 1807

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  • 0511530358
  • 9780521843188
  • 9780511530357
  • 9781107713789
The Kingdom of Portugal was created as a by-product of the Christian Reconquest of Hispania. With no geographical raison d'être and no obvious political roots in its Roman, Germanic, or Islamic pasts, it for long remained a small, struggling realm on Europe's outer fringe. Then, in the early fifteenth century, this unlikely springboard for Western expansion suddenly began to accumulate an empire of its own, eventually extending more than halfway around the globe. A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire, drawing particularly on historical scholarship postdating the 1974 Portuguese Revolution, offers readers a comprehensive overview and reinterpretation of how all this happened - the first such account to appear in English for more than a generation. Volume I concerns the history of Portugal itself from pre-Roman times to the climactic French invasion of 1807, and Volume II traces the history of the Portuguese overseas empire.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2009
  • ISBN 9780511530357
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  • Title: A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire: Volume 1, Portugal
  • Author: A. R. Disney
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0511530358
  • 9780521843188
  • 9780511530357
  • 9781107713789

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'In response to the global turn in scholarship on colonial and early modern history, this book provides a fresh and much-needed perspective integrating metropolitan and colonial Portuguese histories. In fact, this analytical combination of national and imperial dimensions is totally original in the panorama of Portuguese histories where almost all the works available in English tend to concentrate exclusively on overseas expansion.' Diogo Ramada Curto, European University Institute, Florence and Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0511530358
  • 9780521843188
  • 9780511530357
  • 9781107713789