Historical Dictionary of Portugal

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"The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Portugal is the ideal resource for essentials and more. Written with the beginning student in mind but extensive enough to appeal to the scholar, the Dictionary dutifully selects from the wealth of information available on Portugal and presents it in a single straightforward volume." The omission of Portuguese studies from North American colleges, universities, and libraries makes it all the more important that a work such as this is now available. It provides comprehensive, up-to-date reference ...
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Overview

"The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Portugal is the ideal resource for essentials and more. Written with the beginning student in mind but extensive enough to appeal to the scholar, the Dictionary dutifully selects from the wealth of information available on Portugal and presents it in a single straightforward volume." The omission of Portuguese studies from North American colleges, universities, and libraries makes it all the more important that a work such as this is now available. It provides comprehensive, up-to-date reference material on everything from Portugal's political crisis to its economic and societal challenges, trials, and triumphs. This volume includes an introduction, maps, a chronology, list of acronyms, several appendices, and an expansive classified bibliography, all of which add to its value. In addition, this second edition has been updated with nine new bibliographical sections, including one on electronic and Web resources. The dictionary entries are full, providing a wide scope of information, and are extensively cross-referenced. Updated entries include soccer (futebol), the economy, education, health, the Portuguese Communist Party, and many more.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Portugal had an important role in the exploration of the world, making the shortage of adequate English-language reference tools on the country a serious problem. Consequently, this historical dictionary is a significant addition to any library with collections on Europe. Wheeler (modern history, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham) is one of the most active U.S. scholars promoting the study of Portugal in this country. His work is different from, and more usable than, the traditional historical dictionary because the entries are generally longer and of greater depth. In addition, their high quality shows the author's knowledge of his area. Wheeler includes an extensive subject introduction, a historical chronology, and a list of monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. Of special note is the 100-page subject bibliography. An important reference source for academic and some public libraries.-- Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Ut.
Booknews
The first volume in a new series comprises a chronology, an introductory essay, the dictionary, an extensive bibliography, and appendixes listing monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
CHOICE
This edition, like the first, includes a valuable historical chronology and a list of monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers....Recommended.
Society For Spanish and Portugese Historical Studies Bulletin
A true vade mecum. Since Portugal does not have an almanac...this book, with its vast and reliable store of information packed into a little more than three hundred pages, easily serves as a substitute. This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in Portugese history.
— Francis A. Dutra
King's College London
...clearly written with a focus towards the contemporary period.
American Reference Books Annual
The 2d edition of the Historical Dictionary of Portugal not only provides a thorough overview of Portuguese history, but also serves as a valuable reference guide to the politics, economy, and culture of the small Western European country. Clearly written and organized, the dictionary covers topics from prehistory through the beginning of the twenty-first century....This resource is recommended for academic and large public libraries.
Booklist
This third edition of a title in the Historical Dictionaries of Europe series covers Portuguese political, economic, cultural, and social history. The volume begins with physical and political maps of Portugal, a chronology from 15,000 BCE to 2008, and an introduction to and overview of Portuguese history. This material is followed by entries in alphabetical order and appendixes listing monarchs, prime ministers, and presidents. An extensive bibliography concludes the work. Though Portugal is one of the oldest nation-states in Europe, much of its history may be unfamiliar to North American readers. Some interesting facts: England and Portugal share the longest alliance in European history; Portugal was the last European country to use cavalry in combat; following the massive earthquake in 1755, Lisbon was rebuilt in grids and became the first planned city in Europe. Part of the value of a dictionary such as this is convenience; a great deal of information is presented in a single volume. A good purchase for academic and large public libraries.
Reference Reviews
Although evidently aimed at an academic audience the dictionary would also make a suitable introduction for anyone with a general interest in Portuguese history. For a relatively compact volume, the dictionary certainly packs a great deal of information into its 396 pages.Overall, this is a well-written, articulate and easy to navigate work and I would not hesitate in recommending it as a purchase for public and academic libraries alike.
Choice
This edition, like the first, includes a valuable historical chronology and a list of monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers....Recommended.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
The 2d edition of the Historical Dictionary of Portugal not only provides a thorough overview of Portuguese history, but also serves as a valuable reference guide to the politics, economy, and culture of the small Western European country. Clearly written and organized, the dictionary covers topics from prehistory through the beginning of the twenty-first century....This resource is recommended for academic and large public libraries.
May-August 2010 American Reference Books Annual
Historical Dictionary of Portugal updates what is most likely one of the finest academic resources available for the study of the history and culture of Portugal. ... Wheeler and Opello, two of the foremost scholars in North America, have delivered an outstanding resource for anyone interested in studying this fascinating country and culture. ... The Historical Dictionary of Portugal is definitely an outstanding resource for any students or scholars interested in Portugal.
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Meet the Author

Douglas L. Wheeler has taught, lectured, and widely published a broad range of scholarly materials since 1961 and who has advanced the study of Portugal in the wider world also through professional journals he edited and research organizations. He has been honored by two decorations awarded in 1993 and 2004 by Portugal's Government. Walter C. Opello Jr. retired in 2002 from the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire. Since then he has been part-time instructor at the University of New Hampshire and at Granite State College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Editor's Foreword xi
Acronyms and Special Terms xiii
Maps xvii
Chronology xix
Introduction xxxi
The Dictionary 1
Bibliography 183
Appendix A Monarchs of Portugal (1140-1910) 265
Appendix B Presidents of the Republic (1910-present) 267
Appendix C Prime Ministers (1932-present) 269
About the Author 271
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