The Press and Portuguese-British Relations at the Time of the British ‘Ultimatum’

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The Press and Portuguese-British Relations at the Time of the British ‘Ultimatum’

  • Paulo Jorge Fernandes
  • Media and the Portuguese Empire
  • José Luís Garcia, Chandrika Kaul, Filipa Subtil e Alexandra Santos (Eds.)
  • 2017
  • Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-61791-6
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61792-3
  • pp.87-105

On 11 January 1890, a small Portuguese military column received an order to leave the Makololos territory in Upper Zambezi. The Portuguese forces did not retreat and on the same day the British envoy in Lisbon conveyed an ‘ultimatum’ to the government led by José Luciano de Castro. The Portuguese press covered all this at a frantic pace, encouraging the emergence of a nationalist, anti-British surge, consolidated in public opinion. In parallel, British newspapers promoted a strong campaign against the alleged Portuguese rights. Chapter 5 reveals how the British ‘ultimatum’ and the uproar it provoked in public opinion acted as a significant but inconclusive step in the construction of the modern Portuguese colonial project.

Sobre o livro:

This volume offers a new and innovative understanding of the role of the media in the Portuguese Empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It sheds light on the interactions between communications, government policy, economics, society and culture. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the book focuses on varied themes including the expansion of printing, the development of newspapers and radio, state propaganda in metropolitan Portugal and within her colonies, censorship, the use of media by opposition and nationalist groups, and comparative developments within Britain and her empire. The book aims to encourage an understanding of the articulations and tensions between the different groups that participated, willingly or not, in the establishment, maintenance and overthrow of the Portuguese Empire in Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, India, and East Timor.

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