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Chapter 18: The Portuguese Explosion: The Collapse of Dictatorship and Colonialism, 1974–1975

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The Portuguese Explosion: The Collapse of Dictatorship and Colonialism, 1974–1975
The Portuguese explosion: The collapse of dictatorship and colonialism, 1974–1975

Portugal, population 9 million and still one of the less affluent European nations, hardly seems to hold a candle to the United States or the former Soviet empire, or even Italy, the other nations whose radical media we shall examine in this final section. Its affairs may seem, then, a matter of rather recondite curiosity. Not so four centuries ago, when Portugal's dominions stretched from Brazil to Macao, and it held the very doubtful honor of having pioneered European colonialism in Africa, in what is now Morocco. But that was then, and this is now.

Yet, this view is misguided on three counts. One is general: the ...

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