The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the Move
This is the story of the first and one of the greatest colonial empires: its birth, apotheosis, and decline. By approaching the history of the Portuguese empire thematically, A. J. R. Russell-Wood is able to pursue ideas and make connections that previously have been constrained by strict chronological approaches. Using the study of movement as a focus, Russell-Wood gains unique insight into the diversity, breadth, and balance between the competing interests and priorities that characterized the Portuguese culture and its expansion spanning four centuries' events on four different continents.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I'm not sorry to have finished this book - the author's convoluted writing style makes for a pretty tough, and frankly boring, read. For example: "These took the form of word lists and grammars drawn up by religious, in which the Jesuits were to the fore but not alone, and laymen, and which constitute a base for historical linguistics of some peoples of Africa, Asia and America." Try 220 pages of that and see what I mean (copied exactly from p193.) In addition, another problem is the lack of summarising and failure to sufficiently spell out key messages within the text. I tired of reading the endless stories about individuals or places that are all included to make the same point. I did learn from this book but I could not read more than 20 pages at once before getting awfully sleepy.
Review: The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the MoveUser Review - Goodreads
This was an excellent book of the topics of movement that affected the Portuguese empire. The author is extremely competent on the subject of Portuguese history. It is sometimes hard to follow the ...
PORTUGAL AND THE AGE OF DISCOVERIES
FLUX AND REFLUX OF PEOPLE
EBB AND FLOW OF COMMODITIES
DISSEMINATION OF FLORA AND FAUNA
TRANSMISSION OF STYLES MORES AND IDEAS
MOVEMENT IN WORD AND IMAGE