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Imperial Culture and Colonial Projects: The Portuguese-Speaking World from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries

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Imperial Culture and Colonial Projects

The Portuguese-Speaking World from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries

Diogo Ramada Curto
Translated from the Portuguese by Alison Aiken

514 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-706-4 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Published (August 2020)

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Beyond the immeasurable political and economic changes it brought, colonial expansion exerted a powerful effect on Portuguese culture. And as this book demonstrates, the imperial culture that emerged over the course of four centuries was hardly a homogeneous whole, as triumphalist literature and other cultural forms mingled with recurrent doubts about the expansionist project. In a series of illuminating case studies, Ramada Curto follows the history and perception of major colonial initiatives while integrating the complex perspectives of participating agents to show how the empire’s life and culture were richly inflected by the operations of imperial expansion.

Diogo Ramada Curto is full professor and a coordinator of the doctoral program on Global Studies at the New University of Lisbon.

Subject: History: Medieval/Early Modern Colonial History
Area: Southern Europe


List of Abbreviations


Part I. Language, Literature and the Empire, 1415–1570

Chapter 1. The Africans in Portugal: Between Presentation and Methods of Communication
Chapter 2. The System of Slave-Interpreter and Alternative Means of Communication
Chapter 3. The Age of Zurara: Guidance, Chronicles and Reports of Voyages
Chapter 4. The Era of Da Gama: Printed Books and the Distribution of Manuscripts
Chapter 5. The 1550s and 1560s

Part II. Written Culture and Practices of Identity, 1570–1697

Chapter 6. The World Theatre and Imperial Thought
Chapter 7. The State of India: Between Zain Al-Din and the Tradition of the Décadas
Chapter 8. Remedies or Resolutions
Chapter 9. Forms of Christianity in the East
Chapter 10. Reports of Voyages to Goa and the State of India
Chapter 11. Brazil, or the Province of Santa Cruz
Chapter 12. The Dutch in Brazil: Conflict and Dialogue
Chapter 13. The Inhabitants of Maranhão, Expeditions, the Peruleiros and the Slaves
Chapter 14. Colonial Projects for West Africa

Part III. Enlightenment and the Written Word, 1697–1808

Chapter 15. Reports of Voyages, Histories and Translations of Enlightened Europe
Chapter 16. Heroes of the State of India, Scientists and Orientalists
Chapter 17. The Journey to the Far East of António de Albuquerque Coelho
Chapter 18. Public Ceremonies and Academies in Brazil
Chapter 19. Naturalization, Indigenism, Reforms and Voyage Reports

Index of Names
Index of Places
Index of Subjects

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