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Offers a variety of complimentary perspectives on the background, nature and extent of Portuguese expansion..a powerful reminder that empires are made, not born.(Lincoln Paine Nautical Research Journal)
Enumerates Portuguese contributions to other peoples' pasts and presents, especially in the contexts of the 'ebb and flow of commodities,' the 'dissemination of flora and fauna' and the 'transmission of styles, theories and ideas.' The original feature is the author's concentration on people and transport as vectors of cultural exchange... He evokes a lively picture of the highly mobile merchants, missionaries and administrators who hurried back and forth across oceans and continents to keep the enterprise going.(Times Literary Supplement)
A. J. R. Russell-Wood realized that human and geographical factors contributed much to Portuguese success. Some practices were responses to the colonial experience itself. He therefore culled this historical literature, largely modern works in English including his own, to explore a rich variety of aspects of the Portuguese colonial empire... If geography is defined as mankind's relationship with its planet, this book is the essence of historical geography. Informative and entertaining, it is important for its new approach and insights, and because it confirms the amazing global perspective of Portugal's colonial rulers.(Journal of Historical Geography)
This is a book where every page bears witness to the author's fascination with the Portuguese colonial world and his deep love of his subject. It is the kind of book which results from a scholar's decision to open to the world the files he has accumulated in a lifetime's reading. As a result it is a sort of encyclopaedia of strange and recondite information, colourful detail, anecdotes and quotations. It is certainly a book that any student of Portuguese colonial activity would want to read and, indeed, to own.(Mariner's Mirror)
A. J. R. Russell-Wood is professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University. His books include Fidalgos and Philanthropists: The Santa Casa de Misericoridia of Bahia; Society and Government in Colonial Brazil, 1500-1822; and From Colony to Nation: Essays on the Independence of Brazil.
I'll start by saying that the author has a great knowledge and passion for the subject. This is a plus, however it is written in a very dry academic fashion with lists of names,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jonathan
This is a very good book that in very detailed manner explores the Portuguese empire. Different from other books on the same subject it does its analysis based on themes, like... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Carlos E L Carretti
One sure thing about the author is the deep knowledge he has on the subject. But the way the book is presented, developing a subject -like the chapter about flora and fauna- makes... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Luis Mansilla
This is a survey of the Portuguese Empire to the 19th century. It is perfectly adequate but its broad strokes make it relatively superficial. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Diatonic