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This chapter reviews the literature on Portugal's decline and survival. It shows that the determinants identified in the Portuguese decline are potentially the same ones that could act as an impulse for revival and prolongation. To reiterate, the main hypothesis of the book is that the Estado da Ìndia in the first half of the eighteenth century survived because leadership emanating from the centre, and the instruments of state wielded by it, continued to have a part to play. To test this hypothesis, the chapter examines the politico-administrative changes in metropolitan Portugal and the latter's linkages to India. It also examines the tools employed by the leadership at the centre and on the ground. These tools include diplomacy, war, trade, revenue extraction and interventionist measures in religion and culture.

Keywords:Asia; Estado da Ìndia; Portuguese Empire



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