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An Analysis of the Royal Preserves in Portugal
  • An Analysis of the Royal Preserves in Portugal
    Issues of Privilege, Power, Management and Conflict
  • JOANAZ DE MELO, Cristina
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  • Wildtrack Publishing
  • Sheffield, UK
  • 2015
  • ISBN / ISSN: 978-1-904-098-546
  • Idiom: English
  • Synopsis:

    In 1998, with an initial volume published in Portugal 2000, I presented the conclusions of my MA dissertation from which this book derives. Following that outcome, I studied the functioning and symbolic meanings of the royal preserves, parks, and forests in a transitional period of Portuguese political regimes: at the end of the Ancient Regime and on the aftermath of the first liberal revolution in Portugal (1821), from 1777 to 1824. The choice of the chronological barriers set was essentially due to the aim defined at the beginning of the research: understanding how life developed in royal reserves before and after the Liberal Revolution. As the majority of works on hunting in Modern Ages produced before 1998 were on hunting and royal preserves in England, Spain or France, the analysis was planned, accordingly to the classical approach of looking at this theme through the lens of aristocratic social attributes of disposing preserves. If the classic Whigs and Hunters from E. P. Thompson proclaimed the prerogatives of aristocracy for the British aristocracy mastering of property rights, status and ethos, other contributions of the preserves regime, in the mastering of social order and in the attempt to balance or master powers, can be added, for other regions in Europe. In this case, the focus is on Portugal.


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