An Economic History of Portugal, 1143â2010

An Economic History of Portugal, 1143â2010

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Susana Münch Miranda Leonor Freire Costa
Cambridge University Press
Edition: First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 5/19/2016
EAN 9781107035546, ISBN10: 1107035546

Hardcover, 417 pages, 23.5 x 16 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

This book offers a fascinating exploration of the evolution of the Portuguese economy over the course of eight centuries, from the foundation of the kingdom in 1143, when political boundaries began to take shape in the midst of the Christian Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula, and the formation of an empire, to the integration of the nation into the European Communities and the Economic and Monetary Union. Through six chapters, the authors provide a vibrant history of Portugal's past with a focus ranging from the medieval economy and the age of globalization, to war and recovery, the Atlantic economy, the rise of liberalism and patterns of convergence. The book provides a unique long-term perspective of change in a southern European country and its empire, which responds to the fundamental broader questions about when, how and why economies expand, stagnate or contract.

1. The medieval economy, 1143–1500
2. The age of globalization, 1500–1620
3. War and recovery, 1620–1703
4. The Atlantic economy, 1703–1807
5. The rise of liberalism, 1807–1914
6. Patterns of convergence, 1914–2010