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History of Portugal, Part 2 with Tiago Neiva

History of Portugal, Part 2 with Tiago Neiva


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Portugal is today a “fashionable” country, consecutively receiving the most prestigious awards in terms of tourism, and attracting millions of visitors. Although small, it has a rich artistic, cultural, and gastronomic diversity, which is the result not only of its particular geography (located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean), but also of its history and its people. This two-part series, The History of Portugal, will aim to present and contextualize, in a chronological and systematic way, the most important moments in the history of Portugal, as well as its most relevant actors and its positioning in the European and global context.

The History of Portugal, Part 2 will describe the period between the Restoration of Independence from Spain in 1640, until the rise of Democracy in the late 20th century. After 60 years of Spanish domination, Portugal would restore its independence in 1640 to be ruled by the fourth and last Portuguese Royal Dynasty, the Bragança. Some parts of the Empire would be recovered and explored, in particular Brazil which, at the beginning of the 18th century, became an enormous source of wealth, allowing the construction of large architectural projects and the economic development of the Kingdom. This period of opulence and wealth would come to an end with the total destruction of the country's capital, Lisbon, after the famous earthquake of 1755. 

The 19th century would be an equally catastrophic period for Portugal due to the great devastation caused by the French invasions, which culminated in the flight of the Royal Court to Brazil in 1807, the Independence of Brazil in 1822, the Portuguese Civil War between 1832-34, the New Constitution, and the consequent weakening of the Monarchy. At the beginning of the 20th century, after the assassination of the King, Portugal became one of the first European Republics. However, a new political, economic, and social crisis would lead the country on the path of military and Fascist dictatorship, which lasted from 1926 until 1974. Only after the Carnation Revolution on April 25th of 1974 would the country become a democratic regime, freeing itself from the last colonial remnants in Africa and starting its path to join the democratic and Western World, with its entrance to the European Community (today known as the European Union) in 1986. 

Led by an expert on architecture and history, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this lecture series will allow you to learn, in a brief but systematic way, about the history of Portugal and its central role in an Iberian, European, and global context. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a deeper knowledge of the history of Portugal. 

Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. He studied architecture in Rome and worked later in distinct offices in Portugal and Spain. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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C Alpaugh (Vancouver, CA)
Good overview for a future visitor to Portugal

I found both sessions interesting and valuable. What a lot to cover in that much time! The presentation was organized, had obvious themes, and enough “human” stories to keep it interesting. I am interested in more ‘social’ history of day-to-day life, and would like very much to hear more about the life of ordinary people, and those of various cultures through history. And the art and the architecture- I will keep check for future sessions with Tiago Neiva.

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Paula B (Kailua, US)
Wonderful, broad history of Portugal

Tiago Nievo is an expert. He really knows his stuff and presents it with a passion that makes it interesting to all.

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Karen Ekman-Baur (Renningen, DE)
Moving On with Portuguese History

Tiago Neiva continued his two-part History of Portugal with a marvelous overview of Portuguese development, regression, and subsequent growth from the 18th century to the present. He covered an amazing amount of information in a concise and focused way. Excellent presentation!

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eve wallace
Loved this lecture

Tiago Neiva was knowledgeable and interesting. He gave a well-rounded explanation of the political events that shaped Portugal’s history from 1640 to independence.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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Anonymous (Porto Alegre, BR)

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C Alpaugh (Vancouver, CA)
Good overview for a future visitor to Portugal

I found both sessions interesting and valuable. What a lot to cover in that much time! The presentation was organized, had obvious themes, and enough “human” stories to keep it interesting. I am interested in more ‘social’ history of day-to-day life, and would like very much to hear more about the life of ordinary people, and those of various cultures through history. And the art and the architecture- I will keep check for future sessions with Tiago Neiva.

P
Paula B (Kailua, US)
Wonderful, broad history of Portugal

Tiago Nievo is an expert. He really knows his stuff and presents it with a passion that makes it interesting to all.

Reviewer avatar
Karen Ekman-Baur (Renningen, DE)
Moving On with Portuguese History

Tiago Neiva continued his two-part History of Portugal with a marvelous overview of Portuguese development, regression, and subsequent growth from the 18th century to the present. He covered an amazing amount of information in a concise and focused way. Excellent presentation!

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eve wallace
Loved this lecture

Tiago Neiva was knowledgeable and interesting. He gave a well-rounded explanation of the political events that shaped Portugal’s history from 1640 to independence.