The Portuguese Revolution 1640-1668: A European War of Freedom and Independence

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9780773436145: The Portuguese Revolution 1640-1668: A European War of Freedom and Independence

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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