History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire From Beginnings to 1807

ISBN-10: 0521603978

ISBN-13: 9780521603973

Edition: 2009

Authors: A. R. Disney
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Description: The Kingdom of Portugal was created as a by-product of the Christian Reconquest of Hispania. With no geographical raison d'tre 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. The 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.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Contents for Volume 2
Abbreviations
List of maps
Preface
Maps
Introduction: The Geographical Setting
Hunter-Gatherers to Iron Age Farmers
The early hunter-gatherers
The Neolithic revolution
The metallurgical cultures
The coming of the Celts
Orientalisation
The Roman Experience
The Roman conquest
Towns and roads
Villas and mines
Free and slave
Roman administration and the idea of Portugal
The gods
The Germanic Kingdoms
The barbarian invasions
The Suevic kingdom
The Visigoths
Society and economy
Church, faith and phobias
Gharb al-Andalus
The Muslim conquest
Islamic rule
Social and economic fabric
Muslim faith and culture
Christians and Jews under Islam
The Christian Reconquest of the North
The Medieval Kingdom
The condado Portucalense
Afonso Henriques and the founding of the kingdom
Expanding south
The fates of the conquered
Settling and developing
Castles, churches and religious institutions
Crown, seigneurs and ecclesiastical rights
Afonso III and King Dinis
The Fourteenth Century
Becoming a nation
The economic base
Towns and the beginnings of commercial capitalism
The ordering of society: theory and practice
The Black Death and its aftermath
Afonso IV and Pedro I
Fernando and the Castilian wars
Dynastic crisis: a Castilian usurper or a Portuguese bastard?
Aljubarrota
The Making of Avis Portugal
The coming of Joao I: a bourgeois revolution?
Settling the dynasty: war, peace and royal marriages
Change and continuity in the noble estate
King Duarte and the regency of Prince Pedro
Regression under Afonso V
Joao II, noble conspiracies and royal power
Joao II: the later years
Law and taxes
The changing art of war
The Golden Age
The character and contradictions of the Golden Age
The Golden Age economy
The court and the king's majesty
The Castilian connection and the Jews
Elite society, government and bureaucracy
Church reform without a Reformation
Social welfare and the Misericordia
The Portuguese literary Renaissance
The Arts
The Tarnished Age
Joao III and his fated family
Sebastiao and Henrique
A faltering economy?
The coming of the Inquisition
The Inquisition in action
Portugal, the Council of Trent and the Jesuits
The fate of Letters and the Arts
The crisis of 1580 and the succession of Filipe I
Habsburg Portugal
Filipe I in Lisbon
Institutional change, marginalisation and ambiguous autonomy
The Habsburg economy
The union of crowns and foreign relations
The reform program of Olivares
The defection of the Portuguese nobility
The revolt of 1640
Restoration and Reconstruction
The Restoration
Joao IV, war and diplomacy
Afonso VI and national survival
Pedro II and the stabilising of the Braganca monarchy
The internal balance of power
The seventeenth-century cortes
Restoration Portugal in the international economy
The Age of Gold and Baroque Splendour
Setting the scene
Gold, diamonds and Joao V
Population and agriculture
The wine industry and the patterns of overseas trade
Eighteenth-century Joanine absolutism
Baroque culture and the royal court
The Enlightenment and the Portuguese public
The Age of Pombal
Pombal and Pombalism
The 1755 earthquake
Pombal and Portuguese trade
Pombaline industrial and agrarian reform
The cowing of the higher nobility
Pombaline regalism and the expulsion of the Jesuits
Defence and education
The Late Eighteenth Century: Finale of the Old Regime
Maria I and the viradeira
The Marian economy and the Marian Enlightenment
Subversion, police and internal security
Prince Joao and a world in turmoil
1807: the ano tormentoso
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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