The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2010

Lecture on the History of Angola by Prof. Douglas Wheeler of the University of New Hampshire

"Perils and Promises for Portugal’s African Empire, 1770-1920s: The Case of Angola"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM
Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area (parking lot 13)

Free and open to the public

Dartmouth, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces a lecture entitled, “Perils and Promises for Portugal’s African Empire, 1770-1920s: The Case of Angola,” by Professor Douglas Wheeler of the University of New Hampshire. The lecture—free and open to the public—will be held in the Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area (parking lot 13), on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

The lecture will include a survey of main themes and trends in the development of Angola, Portuguese West Africa, from the 1770s, when an outstanding Governor-General espoused Enlightenment policies, to the 1920s, when much modern development of Angola began. Angola was envisioned as the “most Portuguese” of Portugal’s colonies, where much of the empire was dominated by native control of local trade and foreign dominance in infrastructure and investment. A pervasive fear that Portugal could not develop Angola and that foreigners would annex or control Angola has a historic pedigree.
 
Douglas L. Wheeler taught African, Iberian & European, World and Intelligence Studies History at the University of New Hampshire, 1965-2002 and since then has taught there part-time. His first book on Angola was co-authored with René Pélissier (1971) and he published a Portuguese expanded, updated edition in 2009 [História de Angola (Lisbon:  Tinta da China)]. The third edition of his Historical Dictionary of Portugal (Scarecrow Press, 2010) will soon be published. He was a founder of the international research network, International Conference Group on Portugal (1972-2002), and editor-founder of the journal Portuguese Studies Review, still published at the University of Trent, Ontario, Canada. He was twice decorated by Presidents of Portugal (1993; 2004) for advancing knowledge of Portuguese Studies in the world and is working on a history of Portugal in World War II.  

The lecture is sponsored by the American Portuguese Society.

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