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Of Africa to AsiaAnalyzing present day society and culture The Portuguese also considers the nation’s often tumultuous past The 1755 Lisbon earthuake was one of Europe’s greatest natural disasters strongly influencing continental thought and heralding Portugal’s extended decline The Portuguese also weathered Europe’s longest dictatorship under twentieth century ruler António Salazar A 1974 military coup called the Carnation Revolution placed the Portuguese at the centre of Cold War attentions Portugal’s uirky relationship with Spain and wi. It was surprising to see in this book how two countries such as Turkey and Portugal resemble each other so much while being distant and having different religiouscultural backgrounds I just wonder what made them to evolve in this way for both countries This book tries to provide this reasoning of evolution for Portugal what makes it uniue among other European countries why it fell behind on modernizationetc But when I compare it with Turkey although they have a different past they share the apathy self mocking behavior waiting for a rescuer conservatism etc characteristics and even the sick man title I really want to know how this convergent evolution occured Is this the Mediterranean weather contact with early Muslims tyranny or something else Anyway it was a stimulating book with the uestions it raised and all the historicalcultural knowledge it provided on Portugal

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Portugal is an established member of the European Union one of the founders of the euro currency and a founder member of NATO Yet it is an inconspicuous and largely overlooked country on the continent’s south west rimIn the fifteenth and sixteenth century Age of Discovery the Portuguese led Europe out of the Mediterranean into the Atlantic and they brought Asia and Europe together Evidence of their one time four continent empire can still be felt not least in the Portuguese language which is spoken by than 220 million people from Brazil across parts. I read Barry Hatton s book The Portuguese A Modern History after a trip to Portugal this summer I found his insights about the country its people and its place in the world s socio economic pecking order both historically and recently to be very similar to what I had noted during my time spent in the countryThe book is less of a full on historical textbook about the development of the nation as it is a description of the evolution of a national psyche It is the tracing of how the Portuguese are viewed by others and how they have viewed themselves that makes Hatton s book so eminently readable There is plenty of history But there is also a good amount of discussion of less concrete topics like that of saudade a word that almost defies description but is somewhat of a pleasantly painful melancholy think of the feeling you get when listening to excellent blues music in the US so sad but so goodTo really delve into Portuguese history a book would likely have to be many times or volumes longer But Hatton has not called his book Portugal A Modern History The title using instead the word Portuguese is both clever and accurate in that it speaks of the people and their collective psyche and temperament and not the country itself Some of the compelling writing addresses how it is the Portuguese themselves who have stood in the way of their own development And even as there has been realization of this problem there existed an historical resignation to itHatton s offering is well worth a read for anyone interested in the country It will both enlighten the reader and cultivate an enthusiasm to visit the gem known as Portugal

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Th its oldest ally England is also scrutinizedPortugal which claims Europe’s oldest fixed borders measures just 561 by 218 kilometres Within that space however it offers a patchwork of widely differing and beautiful landscapes With an easygoing and seductive lifestyle expressed most fully in their love of food the Portuguese also have an anarchical streak evident in many facets of contemporary life A veteran journalist and commentator on Portugal the author paints an intimate portrait of a fascinating and at times contradictory country and its peopl. A very good book about Portugal and the Portuguese essentially a history leading to the early years of the 21st century It is written by a British newspaper correspondent who lived most of his adult life in Portugal married a Portuguese woman has Portuguese children and so on His private observations which are not innumerable at all are combined with the history of the nation and the country There is a feeling of loss of something not achieved and probably impossible to achieve which of course explains fado but which I have never encountered myself probably because my contact was much superficial


10 thoughts on “The Portuguese

  1. says:

    It is written in the first pages “This book is for my family Portuguese and British” Born in 1963 Hatton is a British journalist who worked in Portugal for several years The book is about the Portuguese modern history and a reflection on the Portuguese character But it approaches the foundation of the kingdom and the long kings’ dynasties Namely when the Portuguese was made official language by King D DinisObviously the topic “Eng

  2. says:

    I read Barry Hatton's book The Portuguese A Modern History after a trip to Portugal this summer I found his insights about the country its people and its place in the world's socio economic pecking order both historically and recently to be very similar to what I had noted during my time spent in the countryThe book is less of a full on historical textbook about the development of the nation as it is a description of the evoluti

  3. says:

    Mandatory for someone who wants to know about Portugal and especially its people Liked it a lot because it's always very interestin

  4. says:

    It was surprising to see in this book how two countries such as Turkey and Portugal resemble each other so much while being distant and having different religiouscultural backgrounds I just wonder what made them to evolve in this way for both countries This book tries to provide this reasoning of evolution for Portugal what makes it uniue amo

  5. says:

    This is of a social history of Portugal than a chronological history It doesn't follow a true linear path as to what happened when I did learn about Portugal than I knew before but I was confused sometimes from the author's meandering ramblings I did like the chapter on food Made me hungry I would have liked a chapter on port The c

  6. says:

    This book can’t uite decide whether it wants to be a history book a journalistic style book or an editorial about the people of Portugal and it suffers from what feels like a lack of focus It’s not bad it’s just not great; it does however give a pretty good overview of the modern history of Portugal I wasn’t crazy about all the broad stereotypes however and that did bring the book down a bit in my estimation

  7. says:

    Insightful and lucid analysis but inevitably too Lisbon centric for my stomach Worth the read

  8. says:

    “If you're going to read only one book on a subject don't bother” Aaron HaspelOver the last few years I got into a habit of reading up on a little history culture of every new country I visit And while I subscribe to Aaron’s maxim in ge

  9. says:

    A very good book about Portugal and the Portuguese — essentially a history leading to the early years of the 2

  10. says:

    I have to confess being Portuguese my initial concern before start reading this book was whether it would be a never ending listing of clichés or if we the Portuguese were to be described as an anecdote Barry Hatton did however a brilliant job This is an easy reading book where the whole of our History is very well summarised and told through the lenses of the Portuguese cultural traits and idiosyncrasies T

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