The Making of Portuguese Democracy / Edition 1

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This vividly-written book is the first comprehensive assessment of the origins of the present-day democratic regime in Portugal to be placed in a broad international historical context. After a vibrant account of the collapse of the old regime in 1974, it studies the complex revolutionary period that followed, and the struggle in Europe and Africa to define the future role of Europe's then poorest country. International repercussions are examined and comparisons are drawn with the more general collapse of communism in the late 1980s.

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"Maxwell provides a fascinating account, succinct yet comprehensive, of the turmoil that followed the April 1974 coup that overthrew what was left of the authoritarian regime built by António Salazar." Foreign Affairs

"Maxwell tells the story with a vividness and richness of detail that makes his a 'rattling good yarn.'" Comparative Politics

"...potent and persuasive combination of academic strength and literary merit...fully deserves to become standard reading for all students of Portuguese history and politics." Ronald Cueto, International Affairs

"Maxwell brilliantly weaves together a discussion of events in Lisbon with critical moments in Portugal's erstwhile colonial empire in Africa, Europe's last, where the bulk of the Portuguese armed forces had been stationed since the early 1960s, engaged in a three-front war against independence movements in Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau." American Political Science Review

"Maxwell tells the story with a vividness and richness of detail that makes his a 'rattling good yarn.'" Comparative Politics

"The first synthesis and best introduction in English to the Portuguese revolution...the most innovative aspect of Kenneth Maxwell's book is the excellent integration of the Portuguese transition into its international dynamic; this is simultaneously a history of the transition and of decolonization, the indivisibility of which is well captured in the narrative." António Costa Pinto in Expresso, Lisbon

"The first serious and rigorous analysis of the foundation of the post authoritarian regime...that will become without a doubt the basic point of reference in English for this period. The principal virtue of Kenneth Maxwell's book is his capacity to articulate the vision of the historian with the rigor of political analysis." Carlos Gaspar in Diário de Noticias, Lisbon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521585965
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Glossary; Introduction; 1. Prisoners of history; 2. The praetorian guards; 3. Coup d'état; 4. Conflicts and confusions; 5. African dilemmas; 6. Revolution; 7. Counter-revolution; 8. The revolution tamed; 9. Picking up the pieces; Conclusion; Bibliographical essay.

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