Portugal is an established member of the European Union, one of the founders of the euro currency and a founder member of NATO Yet it is an inconspicuous and largely overlooked country on the continents south west rim.In the fifteenth and sixteenth century Age of Discovery the Portuguese led Europe out of the Mediterranean into the Atlantic and they brought Asia and Europe together Evidence of their one time four continent empire can still be felt, not least in the Portuguese language which is spoken by than 220 million people from Brazil, across parts of Africa to Asia.Analyzing present day society and culture, The Portuguese also considers the nations often tumultuous past The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was one of Europes greatest natural disasters, strongly influencing continental thought and heralding Portugals extended decline The Portuguese also weathered Europes longest dictatorship under twentieth century ruler Antnio Salazar A 1974 military coup, called the Carnation Revolution, placed the Portuguese at the centre of Cold War attentions Portugals quirky relationship with Spain, and with its oldest ally England, is also scrutinized.Portugal, which claims Europes oldest fixed borders, measures just 561 by 218 kilometres Within that space, however, it offers a patchwork of widely differing and beautiful landscapes With an easygoing and seductive lifestyle expressed most fully in their love of food, the Portuguese also have an anarchical streak evident in many facets of contemporary life A veteran journalist and commentator on Portugal, the author paints an intimate portrait of a fascinating and at times contradictory country and its people....
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Signal Books Auflage 3 11 Januar 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||164 Pages|
|File Size||:||560 KB|
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The Portuguese Reviews
Wer als Tourist in Portugal ist begegnet auf Schritt und Tritt Spuren der Geschichte des Landes. Diese Buch ist angenehm zu lesen, und geht bis in unserer jetzigen Zeit hinein. Der Verfasser hat eine gute Art die Portugiesen von vielen Seiten zu schildern. Selten lesen wir über Portugal etwas in unseren Zeitungen, dass die Geschichte sehr turbulent gewesen ist und dass es nicht einfach so gekommen ist, dass heute über 200 Millionen Menschen Portugiesisch sprechen, verstehen wir auch. Aber wie? Davon handelt dieses Buch. eine sehr gute Lektüre in diesem so schönen Touristenland!.
The author obviously loves Portugal deeply to write such a heart-felt book. He takes you on a tour of the country's past and present through the countryside and culture. But this isn't a travel book - it's about the Portuguese people in all their glory and in all their despair. I get the impression of a tremendously generous and good spirited people completely out of place in modern Europe. Most of the book is a story of how the Portuguese fell from grace and how they feel about their low ranking in Europe and the dysfunctionalities of their country. The last chapter tries to strike a positive note about change and the country's future direction, but for me this sat oddly with the rest of the book and it felt unconvincing and a little forced.The Kindle edition has a number of formatting problems and there seems to be poor punctuation in a couple of places.
As a child of Portuguese emigrant parents, I grew up aware broadly of Portuguese culture and visited Portugal as a child and teenager.As a parent now of two adult children, we are visiting my parents homeland for the first time and I wanted a book which would give me a historical overview of the country and a snapshot of Portuguese people and their culture relevant to the present day.This book manages to give a broad overview of Portugal from its early inhabitants, its voyages of discovery, and its lengthy dictatorship under Antonio Salazar in an engaging, vivid way which was neither dry nor dull.It also managed to give a flavour of Portuguese culture, its peoples and attitudes in a easy, conversational style suited to the interested traveller. I only gave it 3 stars as although informative, I felt some areas of history were skipped over and other areas explored in too much detail. Overall a quick and easy read giving a basic overview of Portugal.
Excellent review of Portugal and the Portuguese. Comparable to John Hooper's "The New Spaniards" which also outlines the history, culture, and divisions within the country. Even more than Hooper, Hatton gives you great insight into the people and country. He is British but married to a Portuguese woman, speaks Portuguese, and has children who grew up in Portugal, so Hatton has the perfect outsider-insider perspective on the country. Most impressively, the book is not a hagiography of the Portuguese--it is often critical yet also very supportive. For what it's worth, it also exists in Portuguese and is widely available in Portuguese bookstores. I suppose one might want to hear a bit more about the Azores or Madeira but that is just nit picking as this is an essentially national overview. If you want to get a feel for why Portugal and its people are so wonderful and welcoming (and they are), yet still recovering from the Salazar dictatorship and could perform better economically, this one is for you.
I am Portuguese and planning a trip to Lisbon for a month this year. I needed a more comprehensive background on the history and society. "The Portuguese' explores in depth the Portuguese persona in a very objective manner both synchronically and diachronically. Hatton pulls no punches when describing the flaws of the archetypical Portuguese, he also praises the tenacity of the people and their resilience throughout the history of this complex country. A must read for anyone of Portuguese descent or anyone who really wants to understand the evolution of this unique culture.
I read this book to prepare for a short trip to Portugal. The book has some useful information but the author isn't objective. It's clear that Mr. Hatton loves his new homeland but I would have preferred a book by an author less emotionally invested.