In the Shadow of Independence: Portugal, Brazil, and Their Mutual Influence after the End of Empire (late 1820s-early 1840s)

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Title
In the Shadow of Independence: Portugal, Brazil, and Their Mutual Influence after the End of Empire (late 1820s-early 1840s)
Contributors
Paquette, Gabriel (author)
Doi
10.26300/kvg2-pe52
Date Issued
Winter 2013
Abstract
This paper argues that the boundary separating colonial and national history, traditionally based upon international law (e.g. official recognition) is somewhat arbitrary and unsatisfactory. Reunification and reconquest schemes, however far-fetched in theory and unrealized in practice, percolated widely and had important effects on what are often thought to be post-colonial or national politics. Thus, the line between colony and nation (or, in Portugal’s case, between imperial and post-imperial power) was much fuzzier and more imprecise than the existing historiography generally acknowledges. Furthermore, nineteenth-century Portugal, at least the quarter century after 1825, should be recast or at least viewed afresh in light of the persistence of connections with Brazil, which exerted great influence over key episodes of Portugal’s purportedly post-Brazilian history, from constitutionalism to colonialism.
Este artigo afirma que a fronteira entre a história colonial e nacional, tradicionalmente baseada na lei internacional (e.g. reconhecimento oficial) é um tanto arbitrária e insatisfatória. Os planos de reunificação e reconquista, independentemente de serem pouco realistas e não realizados, espalharam-se muito e tiveram efeitos importantes no que muitas vezes é chamado de política pós-colonial ou nacional. Sendo assim, a linha entre a colónia e a nação (ou, no caso de Portugal, entre poder imperial e pós-imperial) é muito mais ambígua e imprecisa do que a historiografia contemporânea geralmente reconhece. Além disso, o Portugal do século XIX, pelo menos o dos 25 anos depois de 1825, deve ser analisado e visto de maneira nova, à luz da persistência das ligações com o Brasil, que exerceu grande influência em episódios-chave da história portuguesa supostamente pós-brasileira, desde o constitucionalismo até ao colonialismo.
Keywords
Colonies
History
19th century
Colonial influence
Nation building
Extent
pp. 101-119

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Paquette, Gabriel, "In the Shadow of Independence: Portugal, Brazil, and Their Mutual Influence after the End of Empire (late 1820s-early 1840s)" (2013). e-Journal of Portuguese History. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.26300/kvg2-pe52

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