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Aldous Huxley once remarked that 'For every traveller who has any taste of his own, the only useful guidebook will be the one he himself has written. All others are an exasperation - they make him travel long miles to see a mound of rubbish; they go into ecstasies over mere antiquity.' While describing the history of Portugal from antiquity to the present, the author - without going 'into ecstasies' - has attempted to bring into perspective those many aspects of Portugal's past most likely to interest the educated visitor. Portugal has been a country in her own right since early in the 12th century. Long referred to as being 'Britain's oldest ally', but often placed in the shade of Spain, she deserves equal attention. Whether it be her outstanding voyages of discovery, or the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, or her more recent bloodless 'revolution', Portugal has remained in the limelight of European history. Complete and concise history right up to contemporary events A-Z Historical Gazetteer List of Monarchs/Presidents/Prime Ministers

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780304362455
ISBN-10: 030436245X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Cassell Reference
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson was born in Tokyo in 1928 and educated at Stowe. He is the author of four editions of the BLUE GUIDE TO PORTUGAL, among other titles in that series and he edited and extensively contributed to Jose Hermano Saraiva's PORTUGAL: A COMPANION HISTORY.

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