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Historical dictionary of Portugal
Wheeler, Douglas L.
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Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1993.
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xxv, 288 pages ; 23 cm.
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The first volume in a new series comprises a chronology, an introductory essay, the dictionary, an extensive bibliography, and appendixes listing monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Author Notes

Douglas L. Wheeler (A.B., Dartmouth College, M.A. and Ph.D., Boston University) is Professor of History Emeritus, University of New Hampshire, Durham. He taught history in that institution's Department of History from 1965 to 2002, and, from 1995 to 2002, he held a Chair, the Prince Henry the Navigator Professorship. He has been a research associate, African Studies Center, Boston University and an affiliate, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He has also been a visiting professor at Boston University; University College, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); and Morgan State College and was Richard Welch Fellow in Advanced Research on the History of Intelligence at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1984-85).

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Booklist Review

This third edition of a title in the Historical Dictionaries of Europe series covers Portuguese political, economic, cultural, and social history. The volume begins with physical and political maps of Portugal, a chronology from 15,000 BCE to 2008, and an introduction to and overview of Portuguese history. This material is followed by entries in alphabetical order and appendixes listing monarchs, prime ministers, and presidents. An extensive bibliography concludes the work. Though Portugal is one of the oldest nation-states in Europe, much of its history may be unfamiliar to North American readers. Some interesting facts: England and Portugal share the longest alliance in European history; Portugal was the last European country to use cavalry in combat; following the massive earthquake in 1755, Lisbon was rebuilt in grids and became the first planned city in Europe. Part of the value of a dictionary such as this is convenience; a great deal of information is presented in a single volume. A good purchase for academic and large public libraries.--Landry, Abbie Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Portugal had an important role in the exploration of the world, making the shortage of adequate English-language reference tools on the country a serious problem. Consequently, this historical dictionary is a significant addition to any library with collections on Europe. Wheeler (modern history, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham) is one of the most active U.S. scholars promoting the study of Portugal in this country. His work is different from, and more usable than, the traditional historical dictionary because the entries are generally longer and of greater depth. In addition, their high quality shows the author's knowledge of his area. Wheeler includes an extensive subject introduction, a historical chronology, and a list of monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. Of special note is the 100-page subject bibliography. An important reference source for academic and some public libraries.-- Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Ut. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The first edition (1993) was the first volume in Scarecrow's" European Historical Dictionaries" series. For many years Wheeler (history emeritus, Univ. of New Hampshire) has been one of the US scholars most active in promoting the study of Portugal. Changes from the first edition consist almost entirely of additions rather than revisions. The introductory essay is almost the same and entries show little evidence of change, but the number of entries is greater by about 20 percent. This edition, like the first, includes a valuable historical chronology and a list of monarchs, presidents, and prime ministers. The bibliography includes a section of Internet sources, but is otherwise little changed and continues to be an important part of the volume. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. L. Grover Brigham Young University

Table of Contents

Jon Woronoff
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Editor's Forewordp. xi
Acronyms and Special Termsp. xiii
Mapsp. xvii
Chronologyp. xix
Introductionp. xxxi
The Dictionaryp. 1
Bibliographyp. 183
Appendix A Monarchs of Portugal (1140-1910)p. 265
Appendix B Presidents of the Republic (1910-present)p. 267
Appendix C Prime Ministers (1932-present)p. 269
About the Authorp. 271