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978-0-8108-6088-9 • Hardback • May 2010 • $140.00 • (£108.00)
978-0-8108-7075-8 • eBook • May 2010 • $126.00 • (£97.00)
Douglas L. Wheeler has taught, lectured, and widely published a broad range of scholarly materials since 1961 and who has advanced the study of Portugal in the wider world also through professional journals he edited and research organizations. He has been honored by two decorations awarded in 1993 and 2004 by Portugal's Government.
Walter C. Opello Jr. retired in 2002 from the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire. Since then he has been part-time instructor at the University of New Hampshire and at Granite State College.
This third edition of a title in the Historical Dictionaries of Europe series covers Portuguese political, economic, cultural, and social history. The volume begins with physical and political maps of Portugal, a chronology from 15,000 BCE to 2008, and an introduction to and overview of Portuguese history. This material is followed by entries in alphabetical order and appendixes listing monarchs, prime ministers, and presidents. An extensive bibliography concludes the work. Though Portugal is one of the oldest nation-states in Europe, much of its history may be unfamiliar to North American readers. Some interesting facts: England and Portugal share the longest alliance in European history; Portugal was the last European country to use cavalry in combat; following the massive earthquake in 1755, Lisbon was rebuilt in grids and became the first planned city in Europe. Part of the value of a dictionary such as this is convenience; a great deal of information is presented in a single volume. A good purchase for academic and large public libraries.
Historical Dictionary of Portugal updates what is most likely one of the finest academic resources available for the study of the history and culture of Portugal. ... Wheeler and Opello, two of the foremost scholars in North America, have delivered an outstanding resource for anyone interested in studying this fascinating country and culture. ... The Historical Dictionary of Portugal is definitely an outstanding resource for any students or scholars interested in Portugal.
— American Reference Books Annual
Although evidently aimed at an academic audience the dictionary would also make a suitable introduction for anyone with a general interest in Portuguese history. For a relatively compact volume, the dictionary certainly packs a great deal of information into its 396 pages. Overall, this is a well-written, articulate and easy to navigate work and I would not hesitate in recommending it as a purchase for public and academic libraries alike.
— Reference Reviews