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Portugal's revolution : ten years on /
Hugo Gil Ferreira and Michael W. Marshall.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
description
xv, 303 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521322049
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Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
isbn
0521322049
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
4468451
 
Bibliography: p. 297-298.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-01:
The authors analyze the coup d';etat that overthrew the dictatorial regime in Portugal on April 25, 1974. Built around verbatim transcripts of more than 90 hours of interviews that the authors conducted with many of the key officers who made the coup, this book reveals much about what motivated the Portuguese military to intervene in politics. Although some scholars have suggested that the coup was instigated by officers radicalized by their contact with the liberation movements, whom they had been fighting in Portugal's African colonies, these interviews show that this was not all the case. Rather, the military intervened for reasons of corporate self-interest. After ten years of fighting in Africa without being able to suppress the liberation movements, the military increasingly came to fear that they would be blamed for the loss of the colonies in Africa in the same way that Salazar had blamed the army for the loss of Goa in 1961. Realizing that a political rather than a military solution was necessary and knowing that the civilian leadership was unwilling to change its colonial policy, the military found that its only recourse was to change the regime itself. The interviews show that after the coup, soldiers who had been apolitical were politicized by forces outside the military, and the armed forces came to be dominated by radical officers. A must for scholars of Iberian politics and those interested in military interventions. Recommended for academic libraries.-W.C. Opello Jr., University of Mississippi
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This 1986 book is a major socio-political study of the fate of Portugal in the decade since the coup d'ètat. In over ninety hours of tape-recorded interviews, the authors have conducted discussions with officers of both left and right involved in the shaping of Portugal's political evolution.
Main Description
This 1986 book was written to mark the first decade since a group of young Portuguese army officers ended fifty years of right-wing dictatorship, and is a major socio-political study of the fate of Portugal in the decade since the coup d'ètat. In over ninety hours of tape-recorded interviews, the authors have endeavoured to maintain their impartiality, and have conducted discussions with officers of both left and right involved in the shaping of Portugal's political evolution. Portugal's Revolution also describes life in the country during the fifty-year dictatorship and contains a wealth of factual material covering the period from the 1920s to the 1980s. It will be of interest to all those concerned with the pre- and post-revolutionary development of Portugal, in addition to scholars of Iberian and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Setting the scene
The coup d'état and revolution
The post-revolutionary period, 1977-84
Appendices
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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