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The Empire On The Eve Of The Eighteenth Century

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This chapter will start out exploring the general political setting and apparatus of Portugal in the early Baroque period. In terms of the Overseas Council, its developments (especially in 1707-57), make-up and administrative functions will be discussed. The Crown maintained channels outside the Overseas Council to make its wishes known. In this regard, the context and importance of the instructions given to the viceroy will be studied. Finally, the appointees to the East, their prospects and their stakes in the overseas assignments will be examined. In this way, the development at the centre will be linked to the fight for survival at the periphery. The study of the early modern political history of Portugal since around the 1990s has increasingly been moving away from the 'absolutist' studies of Joao V, as shown by state-of-studies surveys.

Keywords:Baroque period; Joao V; Overseas Council; portugal



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