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European destiny, Atlantic transformations : Portuguese foreign policy under the Second Republic, 1974-1992 /
Scott B. MacDonald.
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New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A : Transaction Publishers, c1993.
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x, 176 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1560000783 :
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imprint
New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A : Transaction Publishers, c1993.
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1560000783 :
catalogue key
3290001
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-172) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-11:
Despite the dramatic transformations in Portugal's foreign relations during the past two decades, no thorough studies are available in English analyzing the evolution of Portugal's foreign policy and its relationship to the internal political and economic changes. Combining a comprehensive synthesis of the historical context with perceptive analysis of the complex links between internal and external developments, this well-written volume provides excellent coverage of several major topics: Portugal's external relations during the 1974-76 "Revolution"; the successful reorientation of Portugal's foreign policy towards Europe and the country's role within the EC; the process of decolonization and the evolving relationship with the former colonies; the implications and adjustments to the end of Portugal's colonial empire; US-Portuguese relations and the role of the NATO alliance in particular; the emerging role of Portugal as a mediator in regional conflicts in its former African colonies and in East Timor. In analyzing foreign policy, the author concentrates on three dimensions: the political-strategic; the trade-commercial; and the psychological-cultural. Well researched and carefully documented, this volume will be appreciated by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the historical evolution of the Portuguese political culture since 1972 with particular emphasis on its external relations. Advanced undergraduate through faculty. P. Vannicelli; University of Massachusetts at Boston
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"Combining a comprehensive synthesis of the historical context with perceptive analysis of the complex links between internal and external developments, this well-written volume provides excellent coverage of several major topics... Well researched and carefully documented, this volume will be appreciated by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the historical evolution of the Portuguese political culture since 1972 with particular emphasis on its external relations." --P. Vannicelli, Choice
"Combining a comprehensive synthesis of the historical context with perceptive analysis of the complex links between internal and external developments, this well-written volume provides excellent coverage of several major topics… Well researched and carefully documented, this volume will be appreciated by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the historical evolution of the Portuguese political culture since 1972 with particular emphasis on its external relations." -P. Vannicelli, Choice
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With the fall of its centuries-old empire in 1974-1975, Portugal embarked on a transitional period that reconciled a long tradition of acting out national interests overseas with the need to integrate itself into Western Europe. The result has been a deemphasis on various Atlantic and colonial linkages and the forging of a new and highly successful European identity within the framework of the European Community. In European Destiny, Atlantic Transformations Scott B. MacDonald offers a comprehensive analysis of Portugal's foreign policy and its highly successful venture in economic and political transformation. Although Portugal is firm in its committment to a European destiny, it has not turned its back on relations with the United States and its former colonies hi Africa and Asia. MacDonald traces the evolution of U.S.-Portuguese cooperation along economic, cultural, and military lines and shows how NATO has played a pivotal role in the process. This was most recently underscored when the U.S. made extensive use of the Azores during the Gulf War against Iraq. Likewise, in its ties with the Lusophone countries formerly under its control-Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, S-o Tom" and Princip"-Portugal has sought to improve political relations and act as a peacemaker in regional conflicts such as those in East Timor, Angola, and Mozambique. The scope of MacDonald's work takes in issues posed to Portugal by new foreign policy concerns that range from the breakup of the Soviet Union to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in North Africa and the Middle East. He points out that in a world of rapidly shifting political and economic alignments, Portugal provides a representative model of a relatively small nation that has undergone succesful economic reform while deepening its committment to its new democratic system. As such, the Portuguese model is instructive for newly emerging democracies of Eastern Europe and Latin America. European Destiny, Atlantic Transformations is an important addition to the literature on post-Cold War politics. It will be read by historians, economists, and foreign policy specialists.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Portugal Since 1974p. 31
The Second Republic's Foreign Policy: Coping with the Revolution, 1974-1976p. 51
Portugal and Europep. 65
Portugal and the Americasp. 89
The Past Shapes the Present: Portugal and Africap. 105
The Sun Sets on the Empire: Portugal and Asia and the Middle Eastp. 125
Conclusion: Future Options, Concerns, and Capabilitiesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 173
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