Interactions between Africans and Portuguese


This curricular unit intends to study the modes of Portuguese presence in
different spaces of Africa between the 15th and the 20th centuries. It will take as
its base for analysis the history of African-Portuguese relations, bearing in mind
the different circumstances surrounding these relations and the multiple
contexts of the African worlds involved. Through this mode of analysis, it
intends to articulate an understanding of the interactions between the
Portuguese presence and the role of African societies in establishing models of
interaction. This model will be used to look at the construction of new identities,
and will not exclude the participation of other Europeans where appropriate.
Students must be capable to:
- Develop a critical understanding in the examination of both sources and
historiographical perspectives
- Develop a non-luso-centric perspective on the Portuguese presence in Africa
- Deep a comparative analysis of the experiences of different African regions

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Aires Ribeiro da Cunha Oliveira


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Total - 280

Teaching language



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Nova História da Expansão Portuguesa, dir. de Joel Serrão e A. H. de Oliveira
BETHENCOURT, Francisco e CHAUDHURI, Kirti, História da Expansão
Portuguesa, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1998, 5 volumes.
BIRMINGHAM, David, Breve História de Angola Moderna, Lisboa Guerra &
Paz, 2017
BROOKS, George E., Eurafricans in Western Africa. Commerce, Social Status,
Gender, and Religious Observance from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth
Century, Athens, Ohio University Press, Oxford, James Currey, 2003.
COSTA, João P. Oliveira e; RODRIGUES, José Damião e OLIVEIRA, Pedro
Aires, História da Expansão e do Império Português, Lisboa, Esfera dos Livros,
THORNTON, John, África e os Africanos na Formação do Mundo Atlântico,
1400-1800, [s.l.], Campus, 2003.
NEWITT, Malyn, História de Moçambique, Mem Martins, Publicações Europa-
América, 1997.
WHEELER, Douglas e PELISSIER, René, História de Angola, Lisboa, Tinta-da-
China, 2009

Teaching method

This curricular unit will be taught via
asynchronous e-learning supported by the Moodle platform. The curricular unit
will be given using e-books produced specifically for this purpose, and
podcasts. Teaching is based on collaborative learning – for instance,
encouraging participation in peer forums. There will be continuous assessment
of individual works presented during the period when the various topics are
being taught, through participation in peer forums and a final research project
on a theme and according to a working plan, which will be discussed in advance
and agreed during the teaching period. It is mandatory that the paper's
discussion with the teacher in a presencial session or by videoconference
(Moodle plattaform or any other secure connection).
9. Demonstração da coerência das metodologias de ensino com

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. The different phases of the Luso-Moroccan relations and their projection onto
the Saharan and sub-Saharan coasts. 2. African hegemonies in the <Guinea of
C. Verde>;, and the trading presence for the Port. and other Eur.. 3. The
connections between the archipelagoes of C. Verde and those of the G. of
Guinea with the adjacent coasts. 4. Colonial and creole societies: the different
island trajectories. The vicissitudes of Luso-Kongo relations. 5. East Africa, from
Indian to Atl. Oceans: the Afro-Portug. intermediaries of the Lower Zambezi and
the Swahili coast; attempts to found a Portug. hegemony. 7. The African empire
(1820-1910). Portuguese slave trade system in Africa: its resilience and
dismantling. The African response. 8. The African empire (1910-1974). White
settlement schemes and their limits. Late colonialism and <developmentalism>; in
time of war.


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