Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: The Luso-Brazilian World, c.1770–1850

Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: The Luso-Brazilian World, c.1770–1850

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Gabriel Paquette
Cambridge University Press, 3/14/2013
EAN 9781107028975, ISBN10: 1107028973

Hardcover, 466 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

As the British, French and Spanish Atlantic empires were torn apart in the Age of Revolutions, Portugal steadily pursued reforms to tie its American, African and European territories more closely together. Eventually, after a period of revival and prosperity, the Luso-Brazilian world also succumbed to revolution, which ultimately resulted in Brazil's independence from Portugal. The first of its kind in the English language to examine the Portuguese Atlantic World in the period from 1750 to 1850, this book reveals that despite formal separation, the links and relationships that survived the demise of empire entwined the historical trajectories of Portugal and Brazil even more tightly than before. From constitutionalism to economic policy to the problem of slavery, Portuguese and Brazilian statesmen and political writers laboured under the long shadow of empire as they sought to begin anew and forge stable post-imperial orders on both sides of the Atlantic.

1. The reform of empire in the late eighteenth century
2. From foreign invasion to imperial disintegration
3. Decolonization's progeny
restoration, disaggregation, and recalibration
4. The last Atlantic revolution
emigrados, Miguelists, and the Portuguese Civil War
5. After Brazil, after civil war
the origins of Portugal's African empire
the long shadow of Empire in the Luso-Atlantic world

Advance praise: 'By asking how the Portuguese empire lasted not why it lagged, Gabriel Paquette overturns conventional historical wisdom on Brazil, Portugal and the Atlantic world. His erudite study also convincingly shows how essential political and intellectual history are for transnational and imperial history. All in all, a masterly achievement.' David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University