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Portuguese Oceanic Expansion, 1400–1800


Francisco Bethencourt, Diogo Ramada Curto, Stuart Schwartz, Jorge Pedreira, M. N. Pearson, Luis Felipe de Alencastro, John Thornton, John Russell-Wood, Isabel dos Guimarães Sá, Anthony Disney, Luís Moura Sobral, Francisco C. Domingues, Felipe Fernández-Armesto
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  • Date Published: June 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521608916

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  • A unique overview of Portuguese oceanic expansion between 1400 and 1800, the essays in this volume treat a wide range of subjects - economy and society, politics and institutions, cultural configurations and comparative dimensions - and radically update data and interpretations on the economic and financial trends of the Portuguese Empire. Interregional networks are analysed in a substantial way. Patterns of settlement, political configurations, ecclesiastical structures, and local powers are put in global context. Language and literature, the arts, and science and technology are revisited with refreshing and innovative approaches. The interaction between Portuguese and local people is studied in different contexts, while the entire imperial and colonial culture of the Portuguese world is looked at synthetically for the first time. In short, this book provides a broad understanding of the Portuguese Empire in its first four centuries as a factor in world history and as a major component of European expansion.

    • Includes information on the importance of empire to royal finances, with incomes estimated for the whole empire
    • Includes a re-analysis of imperial and colonial culture in an intercontinental setting
    • Treats the expansion of the arts, based on cross-fertilisation between European, African, Asian, and American forms
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    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521608916
    • length: 558 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Norman Fiering
    Introduction Francisco Bethencourt and Diogo Ramada Curto translated by Neil Safier
    Part I. Economics and Society:
    1. The economy of the Portuguese Empire Stuart Schwartz
    2. Costs and financial trends in the Portuguese Empire, 1415–1822 Jorge Pedreira
    3. Markets and merchant communities in the Indian Ocean M. N. Pearson
    4. The economic network of Portugal's Atlantic world Luis Felipe de Alencastro translated by Marguerite I. Harrison
    5. The Portuguese in Africa John Thornton
    Part II. Politics and Institutions:
    6. Patterns of settlement in the Portuguese Empire John Russell-Wood
    7. Political configurations and local powers Francisco Bethencourt
    8. Ecclesiastical structures and religious action Isabel dos Guimarães Sá
    Part III. The Cultural World:
    9. Encounters, negotiations, and interactions Anthony Disney
    10. Portuguese imperial and colonial culture Diogo Ramada Curto
    11. Language and literature in the Portuguese Empire Luís Moura Sobral
    12. Science and technology in Portuguese navigation: an essay on the idea of experience in the sixteenth century Francisco C. Domingues translated by Neil Safier
    Part IV. The Comparative Dimension:
    13. Portuguese expansion in a global context Felipe Fernández-Armesto.

  • Editors

    Francisco Bethencourt, University of London
    Francisco Bethencourt is Charles Boxer Professor, King's College, University of London. He is the author of O Imaginario da Magia and L'inquisition à l'époque moderne: Espagne, Portugal, Italie, XVe-XIXe siècles, and the editor of História da Expansão Portuguesa (with Kirti Chadhuri) and A Memória da Nação (with Diogo Ramda Curto). He has been Director of the National Library of Portugal and the Gulbenkian Foundation Cultural Center in Paris.

    Diogo Ramada Curto, European University Institute, Florence
    Diogo Ramada Curto is Vasco da Gama Professor, European University Institute, Florence. He is the author of O Discurso Politico em Portugal, and the editor of The Jesuits as Cultural Intermediaries, La Cartografia Europea tra Primo Rinascimento e fine dell'Illuminismo (with Angelo Cattaneo), O Tempo de Vasco da Gama and A Memória da Nação (with Francisco Bethencourt). He has been a Lecturer, Reader, and Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and a Visiting Professor at Yale and Brown Universities.


    Francisco Bethencourt, Diogo Ramada Curto, Stuart Schwartz, Jorge Pedreira, M. N. Pearson, Luis Felipe de Alencastro, John Thornton, John Russell-Wood, Isabel dos Guimarães Sá, Anthony Disney, Luís Moura Sobral, Francisco C. Domingues, Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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