Portuguese Contemporary History

6 ECTs / Semester / English

This course aims to provide an overview of the history of twentieth-century Portugal. The main teaching objective thus includes the presentation of fact-based and chronologically grounded knowledge on events in the Portuguese twentieth-century, encompassing a longer time-span that begins with an introductory survey on the demise of the Constitutional Monarchy, and ends with an open reflection on the problems and perspectives of present-day Portugal in light of its recent past. The course shall privilege sequential topical issues, their respective political, institutional, cultural and social/economic dynamics, seeking to establish comparative approaches with wider European and global history. At the end of the course, students should be able to: Identify the most relevant dates, events and figures in contemporary Portuguese history and situate them in both national and international contexts; Identify and synthesize the main historiographic interpretations about the major themes and concepts of Portuguese contemporary times; Develop a critically based reflection on historical phenomena, assessing their impact upon contemporary discourses and national identity; Explore and assimilate information through the reading of key bibliography and the interpretation of visual knowledge sources.


Associate Professor with aggregation
Historian and Associate Professor with Aggregation of the Faculty of Human Sciences of the UCP. He was General-Secretary (2005-2008), coordinator of the Culture…