A Concise History of Portugal - David BirminghamCambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Contains: Further reading list; Black & white photographs; Maps ; List of sources; Genealogical tables;
From the cover: “This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country and its empire, and to its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership.
It is the first modern account of Portugal’s history to be written in English since the days of dictatorship. A short introduction to Portugal’s classical, Islamic and Hispanic history culminates in the revolution of 1640. The book then studies the effects of the vast wealth mined from Portuguese Brazil, the growth of the wine trade and the evolution of close ties with England, Portugal’s ‘oldest ally’. The Portuguese Revolution of 1820 to 1851 created a liberal monarchy, but in 1910 the king was over-thrown and, by 1926, had been replaced by dictatorship which tried to overcome Portugal’s poverty by building a new empire in Africa. In 1975 Portugal withdrew from its African colonies and turned north to become a democratic member of the European Community in 1986.”