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A Concise History of Portugal

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108439558

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  • 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 remains the standard single-volume work on Portugal, studying the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade, and the evolution of international ties. 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Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was overthrown and, by 1926, had been replaced by a dictatorship. In 1975, Portugal withdrew from its African colonies and looked north to become a democratic member of the European Community in 1986. This third edition brings the story up to date, with a new afterword to reflect recent changes in Portugal, Europe, and the wider world.

    • A new edition of David Birmingham's classic account of Portuguese history from the early medieval period to the present day
    • The book is already established as the most reliable and accessible single-volume history of modern Portugal in print
    • Brings the story up-to-date by discussing the recent changes in Portugal, Europe, and the wider world
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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108439558
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 164 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Peoples, cultures and colonies
    2. Rebellion and independence in the seventeenth century
    3. The Golden Age and the earthquake in the eighteenth century
    4. Brazilian independence and the Portuguese Revolution
    5. The bourgeois monarchy and the republicans
    6. The dictatorship and the African empire
    7. Democracy and the European Community
    Afterword: entering the twenty-first century.

  • Author

    David Birmingham, University of Kent, Canterbury
    David Birmingham is Emeritus Professor of Modern History in the University of Kent, Canterbury.

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