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Culture and Customs of Portugal

Cultures and Customs of the World

Format: Hardback
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Westport, United States
Imprint: Greenwood Press
Published: 30th Nov 2006
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 13mm
Weight: 471g
ISBN-10: 0313334404
ISBN-13: 9780313334405
Barcode No: 9780313334405
This descriptive analysis of contemporary Portuguese culture from a historical perspective covers topics ranging from art, cuisine, and music to government, politics, and religion. * A chronology of significant events throughout Portuguese history * Includes a national map of Portugal * Contains original photographs of Portugal provided by the author, which reveal a candid portrait of the country and its people * A bibliography including titles from varied disciplines * An extensive glossary and index make researching specific topics simple

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"In this reference on Portugal, special attention is paid to the changes following the 1974 military coup of the 40-year dictatorship, during which 80 percent of the economy was controlled by eight elite families. The book opens with a discussion of regional diversity, social class and social structure, emigration and immigration, Salazar's 'new state,' the 1974-1976 revolution, and contemporary Portugal. Chapters are then devoted to religion and thought, family and marriage, education, leisure activities and holidays, cuisine, literature, the media and cinema, performing arts, architecture, and art. The book includes an artistic B&W photo essay highlighting the juxtaposition of past and present, and includes a chronology and a glossary." - Reference & Research Book News