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A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire, Vol. 1: From Beginnings to 1807: Portugal (Volume 1) Paperback – June 11, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521603973 ISBN-10: 0521603978 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521603978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521603973
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

"Anthony Disney has provided in this impressive two-volume survey of the history of Portugal and its overseas empire to the beginning of the nineteenth century a work of synthesis that has long been needed. Up-to-date in its scholarship, lucid and coherent in its exposition, his account, skillfully blending narrative and analysis, will immediately take its place as the essential starting-point for all those interested in the origins and character of the first truly global empire in world history." -Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford

"The history of the Portuguese world is barnacled with accretions: traditional errors, apparently ineradicable myths, partisan controversies, irrational passions. Anthony Disney has scraped the bottom and set the ship to rights. His book is sober but engaging, meticulous but well paced, comprehensive but concise: a monument of scholarship and discernment, which everyone interested in the subject will want to hand." -Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Tufts University

"A remarkable achievement, combining rigour with lucidity and offering expert guidance across a complex and varied historical terrain." -Times Literary Supplement

"This book will apppeal to multiple readerships." -Journal of Modern History

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The History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire offers English-speaking readers a comprehensive overview and reinterpretation of the history of Portugal and its empire up to the start of the nineteenth century. Volume I concerns the formation and subsequent history of Portugal itself from pre-Roman times to the climactic French invasion of 1807.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Thomas on January 6, 2013
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I highly recommend Disney's two volume history of Portugal! The writing is academic, however, it is not boorish or overbearing. Both the lay person and the student will enjoy reading it, especially the student for its abundant footnotes! Volume I begins with pre-historical Portugal and works its way through the political development of the nation state of Portugal right up to 1807, as the subtitle suggests. Disney does an excellent job in briefly detailing the physical environment and how it affected the evolution of its people/tribes. The main focus of the text, however, is the political evolution of the people and how they developed into the nation we see today. An absolutely wonderful history! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Although "Henry" the Navigator and others are detailed, it is only as part of the larger tapestry; Volume II focuses entirely on the "Age of Discovery."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Schneider on April 19, 2010
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I much enjoyed this history of Portugal to 1807 (when the royal family makes its way to Brazil). Disney writes in an easy-to-read style that is not at all academic and is simple to digest. This is very much a political narrative -- not too much on social history. I don't know enough about Portuguese history to evaluate the contents, but Disney seems to have considered the relevant sources and opposing points of view and drawn fair conclusions. As stated in the TLS review of a few months ago, Disney might have made a mistake in dividing his history into two volumes, since the history of Portugal is difficult to separate from that of her colonies. But in any case, I'm looking forward to reading Volume 2 on the overseas empire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suntan on July 12, 2013
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Having only a modicum of knowledge about the history of Portugal and on my way to a visit there, I chose this book to help fill in the gaps. It certainly did! A History of Portugal is extremely well-researched, authoritative, scholarly yet very readable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on September 25, 2012
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I was a little worried about purchasing what is essentially a text book to learn about the history of Portugal before traveling there next spring. I'm about 1/3 of the way through Volume 1 and am happy to report that the book is very "readable." It's not like reading a novel, but it is well written, easy to understand, and does a good job of giving more detail about the history of Portugal than I've been able to find anywhere else.
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