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"'Clamped into a corner by Spain,' Portugal is perhaps Europe's most isolated country. This brief history begins with Portugal's glory in the Age of Discovery, when it was a world power. Hatton, a longtime foreign correspondent in Lisbon, then focuses largely on the country's decline. He cites a famous 1871 analysis attributing this decline to religious conservatism, political centralization under an absolute ruler, and the economic boom 'spawned by the Age of Discovery' that discouraged 'prudent financial management.' Hatton devotes almost as much space to the April 1974 Carnation Revolution that overthrew reactionary dictator António Salazar as to the entire 19th century. Still, he reveals a myriad of fascinating facts, including that in 1761 the Portuguese were the first to outlaw slavery in their own country but among the last to outlaw it in their colonies (1869), and that in 2008, only 27% of people ages 25 to 64 had completed secondary school. The author has many interesting observations about the character of the Portuguese, whom he praises for their 'adaptability, resilience and resourcefulness.' Hatton clearly loves Portugal and has written an engaging, often delightful history that should interest 'Europeanists,' Portuguese-Americans, and all those who have visited the country or want to. Illus. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This brief history of Portugal attempts to not only illuminate the high points of global exploration and empire that most readers are familiar with but, in an examination of the social history and character of the nation, to discuss the factors that have led to its relative poverty and isolation in relation to modern Europe. Working both chronologically and thematically, the volume examines Portugal's medieval history, the age of exploration, twentieth century dictatorship, a democratic revolution as well as its food, music and defining national characteristics. The work includes several black and white photographs as well as recommendations for further reading. Hatton is a journalist who has worked as a foreign correspondent in Portugal for over twenty years. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566568449
Author:
Hatton, Barry
Publisher:
Interlink Books
Subject:
History : Social History
Subject:
History
Subject:
World History-Spain
Publication Date:
20150331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
GA
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Clamped into a corner by Spain,' Portugal is perhaps Europe's most isolated country. This brief history begins with Portugal's glory in the Age of Discovery, when it was a world power. Hatton, a longtime foreign correspondent in Lisbon, then focuses largely on the country's decline. He cites a famous 1871 analysis attributing this decline to religious conservatism, political centralization under an absolute ruler, and the economic boom 'spawned by the Age of Discovery' that discouraged 'prudent financial management.' Hatton devotes almost as much space to the April 1974 Carnation Revolution that overthrew reactionary dictator António Salazar as to the entire 19th century. Still, he reveals a myriad of fascinating facts, including that in 1761 the Portuguese were the first to outlaw slavery in their own country but among the last to outlaw it in their colonies (1869), and that in 2008, only 27% of people ages 25 to 64 had completed secondary school. The author has many interesting observations about the character of the Portuguese, whom he praises for their 'adaptability, resilience and resourcefulness.' Hatton clearly loves Portugal and has written an engaging, often delightful history that should interest 'Europeanists,' Portuguese-Americans, and all those who have visited the country or want to. Illus. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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