The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the Move

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JHU Press, Jul 8, 1998 - History - 289 pages
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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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User Review  - cwhouston - 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tony Mercer - 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 ... Read full review

Contents

QUINCENTENNIALS
1
PORTUGAL AND THE AGE OF DISCOVERIES
8
CARAVELS CARRACKS
27
FLUX AND REFLUX OF PEOPLE
58
EBB AND FLOW OF COMMODITIES
123
DISSEMINATION OF FLORA AND FAUNA
148
TRANSMISSION OF STYLES MORES AND IDEAS
183
MOVEMENT IN WORD AND IMAGE
209
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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.

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