This study examines the major events that led to the Spanish control of Portugal in 1580 and the major causes of the revolt in 1640. Included is a detailed study of the emergence of the Portuguese military, the social and economic conditions that played a decisive role during the Revolution, and the emergence of a national spirit that led to the defeat of one of the most politically and militarily powerful countries in seventeenth century Europe.
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"... a fresh analysis that will be of great use not only for English-speaking readers, but all others interested in one of the most pivotal periods in Portuguese history." - Prof. Francis A. Dutra University of California, Santa Barbara "... a useful and informative book that will be an aid to scholars for many years to come." - Dr. Daniel Masterson U.S. Naval Academy"
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