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234 × 156 mm
352 pages
110 illustrations, 40 in colour
14 Oct 2019
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The Braganzas The Rise and Fall of the Ruling Dynasties of Portugal and Brazil, 1640–1910 Malyn Newitt

For 270 years, the House of Braganza provided the kings and queens of Portugal. During a period of momentous change, from 1640 to 1910, this influential family helped to establish Portugal’s independence from Spain and saved the country and its monarchy from total destruction by the marauding armies of Napoleon. The Braganzas also ruled the vast empire of Brazil from 1822 to 1889, successfully creating a unified nation and preventing the country from splitting into small warring states.

In his fascinating reappraisal of the Braganza dynasty, Malyn Newitt traces the rise and fall of one of Europe’s most important royal families. He introduces us to a colourful cast of innovators, revolutionaries, villains, heroes and charlatans, including the absolutist Dom Miguel and his brother Dom Pedro, the first emperor of Brazil, and recounts in vivid detail the major social, economic and political events that defined their rule. Featuring an extensive selection of artworks and photographs, Newitt offers a timely look at Britain’s ‘oldest ally’ and the role of monarchy in the early modern European world.

Malyn Newitt was Deputy Vice Chancellor of Exeter University and first holder of the Charles Boxer Chair at King’s College London. He is the author of more than twenty books on Portugal and Portuguese colonial history, including Portugal in Africa: The Last Hundred Years (1981), A History of Mozambique (1995) and Portugal in European and World History (Reaktion, 2009).