History of Early Modern Portugal (15th-18th centuries)


a) To have the capacity to use the knowledge acquired throughout the graduation in order to undertake an original survey about the early-modern Portuguese history.
b) To have the capacity to identify, select and interpret archival and visual information pertinent to the early-modern Portuguese history.
c) To have the skills indispensable for carrying out original research about early-modern Portuguese history.
d) To develop the necessary skills to produce an original research work about the early-modern Portuguese history, in view to further research within a doctoral program.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Miguel de Melo Viana Pedreira


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Disney, Anthony R., História de Portugal e do império português, Lisboa, Guerra & Paz, 2010-2011.
Hespanha, António M. (org.), O Antigo Regime (1620-1807), Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1993.
Magalhães, Joaquim Romero (coord.), História de Portugal, III - No alvorecer da Modernidade (1480-1620), Lisboa, Círculo dos Leitores, 1993.
Marques, João F. e Gouveia, António C. (coords.), História Religiosa de Portugal, vol. 2, Humanismos e Reformas, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2001.
Ramos, Rui, Nuno Gonçalo Monteiro e Bernardo Vasconcelos e Sousa, História de Portugal, Lisboa, Esfera dos Livros, 2009.

Teaching method

This course is taught via e-learning, based on the moodle platform. the professor will make available a set o videos that present the main topics for discussion within this course. The professor will also make available, at the moodle platform, a series of materials (powerpoint presentations, pdfs of secondary literature) that focus on the main subject matters under discussion. The students will have na active participation in two foruns.

Evaluation method

Book review(20%), Participation in the two foruns(30%), Research paper(50%)

Subject matter

1. Discussing key concepts - global history, early modern period - and their relevance for the study of early modern Portugal;
2. The role of the Avis dynasty in the history of 15th century Portugal;
3. The imperial project of the Habsburgs and the Portuguese imperial ideology;
4. The development of the early modern state in an European perspective;
5. The restoration of the Portuguese independence and the reshaping of the Portuguese empire;
6. The Ancien regime society in Portugal and the role of the Enlightenment.


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