History of Modern Portugal - 2nd semester


a) To identify the different and most important historical processes in Modern Portugal(15th-18th centuries)
b) To know the main historiographical currents of interpretation of the subjects studied
c) To know the most important bibliography on the issues and to be able to work on coeval documents.
e) To develop the hability of oral and written communication through an adequate vocabulary and concepts specific to Modern Portugal History
f) To acquire the adequate knowledge which enables the student to proceed further and deeper the studies in the area of Modern Portugal History

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Figueiroa Rego


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Not aplicable


História de Portugal, dir. José Mattoso, vol. III - No Alvorecer da Modernidade (1480-1620). coord. Joaquim Romero Magalhães, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1993.

História de Portugal, dir. José Mattoso, vol. IV - O Antigo Regime (1620-1807), coord. António Hespanha, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1993.

Memória de Portugal. O Milénio Português, coord. Roberto Carneiro, Artur Teodoro de Matos, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2001.

MONTEIRO, Nuno Gonçalo – “Idade Moderna (séculos XV-XVIII)”, in História de Portugal,
coord. Rui Ramos, Lisboa, A Esfera dos Livros, 2009, pp.197-435.

Nova História de Portugal. dir. Joel Serrão e A. H. de Oliveira Marques, vol. V - Do Renascimento à Crise Dinástica, coord. João José Alves Dias, Lisboa, Presença, 1998.
Nova História de Portugal, dir. Joel Serrão e A. H. de Oliveira Marques, vol. VII - Da Paz da Restauração ao Ouro do Brasil coord. Avelino de Freitas de Menezes, Lisboa, Presença, 2001.

Teaching method

The classes are both theoretical and practical, consisting of the the exposition, point by point, of the subjects of the Program, with an active participation of the students.
In class teaching.

Evaluation method

Two written individual essays in class

Subject matter

1. Early Modern Portugal: from king João II (1481-1495) to Manuel I (1495-1521)
2.Ruptures and changes: king João III (1521-1557)
3. The decline of the Avis Dinasty: from king Sebastian to the lost of independance (1580)
4. The Habsburg dinasty: from king Philip I (1580-1598)to king Philip III (1621-1640)
5. A new ginasty and a war
6. King João V (1706-1750): the majesty of a monarch
7. King José I (1750-1777): the shadow of the Marquis of Pombal


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