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Events - 2009

Lecture: To what end power? 
António de Oliveira Salazar and Portugal, 1928-1968

by Historian Filipe de Meneses, from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth

November 3, 2009, 11:00-12:00
Liberal Arts Building, Room 374 (parking lot 1)

Free and Open to the Public

Filipe de MenesesAntónio de Oliveira Salazar formally dominated Portuguese life for two-fifths of the Twentieth Century, and his legacy was enormous.  When he died Portugal was undergoing rapid economic change and was becoming increasingly integrated in the European economy.  The political instability which had plagued it for over a century had become a thing of the past.  At the same time, however, this apparent consensus was increasingly enforced with recourse to censorship and a secret police; mass emigration was draining the country of its workforce; and Portugal had become bogged down in three different colonial wars in Africa, where it was increasingly reliant on Rhodesia and South Africa for support. Was this the Portugal that Salazar had dreamt of, and worked for forty years to build? If not, why had he failed – and what had been his intention all along?  

Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses lectures in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  His Salazar: A Political Biography will be published this November by Enigma Press (New York).  His previous books include Franco and the Spanish Civil War (2002) and Portugal 1914-1926: From the First World War to Military Dictatorship (2004).