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The Portuguese Empire In Asia

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This chapter outlines the situation at home in Portugal and in the Portuguese East during the half-century prior to the 1700s, with added attention being given to the last twenty years. How early modern overseas empires were governed before the Industrial Revolution has always been a subject of fascination for historians of empire. The thesis of the book has chosen to focus on the Portuguese East in the eighteenth century, Portugal's activities in the Americas and the rest of the empire will be discussed in the context of its linkages with the East. G.J. Ames' work has been discussed in the introductory chapter. The main tenets of his work are conveyed in several areas of the main argument. Another facet highlighted in his study was the jostling of court politics: Queen Marie Francoise's pro-French faction who tussled with the remnants of those associated with the dominant minister under Afonso VI.

Keywords:eighteenth century; G.J. Ames; Industrial Revolution; Portugal; Queen Marie Francoise



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