The locusts : British critics of Portugal before the First World War / Gary Thorn
- Thorn, Gary
- Eastbourne ; Chicago : Sussex Academic Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xv, 324 pages ; 24 cm.
- "Descending like locusts" : Britain and the First Portuguese Republic -- Reporting the revolution -- Changing places : King Manuel into exile -- The Catholic -- The disgruntled royalist -- The lusophile -- The secretary -- The duchess -- Captives, campaigners and citizens -- The Portuguese pimpernel -- The missionary -- Conclusion.
- The book title comes from Aubrey Bell's Portugal of the Portuguese (1916): 'Since the murder of King Carlos and of the Crown Prince Luis Felipe on the 1st of February 1908.... A swarm of writers have descended like locusts on the land...' The methodology is to connect a specific group of critics in the years before the First World War to a constellation of general attitudes about Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world. Intersecting personal narratives are used, not as an argument for individual agency as dominant cause of historical change, but as contrasting discourses upon revisited events. The primary focus is to explain how the critical context of Portugal's history that incubated 'The Locusts' crystalised into the pressure group to free political prisoners. A key part of that context was the extant campaign against 'Portuguese slavery' in West Africa. E. M. Tenison, the Secretary of the British Protest Committee, left a unique 200-page unpublished personal memoir, previously unconsulted by any published historian. The historiography of the First Republic in English is slight. There are no comparative studies in book form, just a few scholarly articles on diplomacy alone (for example. by Glyn Stone, Richard Langhorne). And likewise, there is no study of Anglo-Portuguese relations 'from below', i.e. popular pressure to influence government policy. British Critics of Portugal before the First World War problematises Anglo-Portuguese relations around the concept forwarded by Amilcar Cabral, and others, that Portuguese colonialism was 'the colonialism of the semi-colonised'. It makes a broader contribution to the study of empires, and to the causes of the First World War in Anglo-Portuguese-German relations.
- 9781845199616 hardcover alkaline paper
1845199618 hardcover alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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