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The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808

A World on the Move

A. J. R. Russell-Wood

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Winner of the Dom João de Castro Prize for Portuguese History

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…

Winner of the Dom João de Castro Prize for Portuguese History

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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Offers a variety of complimentary perspectives on the background, nature and extent of Portuguese expansion..a powerful reminder that empires are made, not born.

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9
Pages
384
ISBN
9780801859557
Illustration Description
84 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Acknoledgements
Introduction: Quincentennials
I. Portugal and the "Age of Discoveries"
II. Moves: Caravels, Carracks, Caravans, Canoes

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Acknoledgements
Introduction: Quincentennials
I. Portugal and the "Age of Discoveries"
II. Moves: Caravels, Carracks, Caravans, Canoes, and Carts
III. Flux and Reflux of People
i. Migrants and Settlers
ii. Servants of the Crown
iii. Servants of Christ
iv. Servants of Mammon
v. The Voiceless
vi. Individuals and Groups
vii. Carriers of Disease
IV. Ebb and Flow of Commodities
V. Dissemination of Flora and Fauna
VI. Transmission of Styles, Mores, and Ideas
VII. Moverment in Word and Image
Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
A Note of Two Portuguese Artists
Acknowledgements for Illustrations
Index

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A. J. R. Russell-Wood

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.