The Portuguese

The Portuguese

A Modern History

Book - 2011
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?Portugal is an established member of the European Union, one of the founders of the euro currency and a founding member of NATO. Yet it is an inconspicuous and largely overlooked country on the continent's southwest rim. Barry Hatton shines a light on this enigmatic corner of Europe by blending historical analysis with entertaining personal anecdotes. He describes the idiosyncrasies that make the Portuguese unique and surveys the eventful path that brought them to where they are today. Portugal, which claims Europe's oldest fixed borders, measures just 561 by 218 kilometers. Within that space, however, it offers a patchwork of widely differing and beautiful landscapes. With an easygoing and seductive lifestyle expressed most fully in their love of food, the Portuguese also have an anarchical streak evident in many facets of contemporary life. A veteran journalist and commentator on Portugal, the author gives a thorough overview of his adopted country.
Publisher: Northampton MA : Interlink Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9781566568449
Branch Call Number: 946.9/HATTON
Characteristics: xvi, 261 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.


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Jun 13, 2015

And , Persnickety77, you are loved and admired by me, anyway!!
It must be because we've been in an international relationship for the longest time.
Seriously this book has been a great debriefing mechanism for me after a visit to such a wonderful country.
Barry Hatton's interesting and enthusiastic style makes Portugal's amazing history come alive.

Nov 29, 2014

it's not just my family that is shiftless, contrary, tender-hearted, sensitive, wistful, and lacking ambition, it is the entire portuguese culture :)


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