Pombal, Paradox of the Enlightenment

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CUP Archive, 16. märts 1995 - 200 pages
This is the first major study in English for over half a century of one of Portugal's most important historical figures, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, marquês de Pombal (1699-1782). He is best known today as the key figure in the reconstruction of Lisbon after the devastating earthquake of 1755. Pombal's achievements however went far beyond the reconstruction of the capital. An unusually single-minded and ruthless first minister, he was also one of the eighteenth century's most successful 'enlightened despots': for example, he reformed the Portugese system of education, began the process whereby the Jesuits were expelled from Portugal after their suppression by the Pope in 1773, and mounted a formidable challenge to British commercial hegemony in Portugal. Recent renewed interest in the theory of enlightened absolutism has tended to ignore developments in the Iberian peninsula. This book is therefore essential to a full understanding of the complexities and paradoxes of enlightened rulership in a southern European context.
 

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j Dom Luis da Cunha Biblioteca Nacional Lisbon
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Topographic plan of Lisbon by Eugenio dos Santos and Carlos
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Auto da fi in the Terreiro do Paco Engraving c 1741 Biblioteca
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j The gaiola the Lisbon earthquakeproof frame required
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The Pombaline Baixa and Praca do Comercio from a photograph
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The Golden Age and its consequences
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Diamond works in Brazil
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The launching of the caravel Lampadoza with the court
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Frei Manuel do Cenaculo Vilas Boas 17241814 Painting
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Facade of the chapter house at Coimbra by Elsden
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War and empire
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a the Bahia regiment of black soldiers
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Goa from a painting of the late eighteenth century artist unknown
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Public interest and private profit
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A porcelain figure from the Rato factory late 1760s Museu
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4 Tureen and stand with the arms of Inacio da Cruz Sobral 1725
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Action in the national interest
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Gold mining in Brazil
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Collaborators and conspirators
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a scene near the riverfront late nineteenth century
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The execution of those convicted of the assassination attempt
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Reform
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Procession of the Inquisition through the Rossio Lisbon
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The legacy
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Dom Jose 1
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The Lisbon town house of a merchant businessman of the late
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The Estrela church Lisbon built by Dona Maria I from
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Bibliographical essay
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Glossary
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