Pedro Aires Oliveira



Pedro Aires Oliveira is an Associate Professor at the History Department of NOVA FCSH and full researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History.

His main research topics are International History and Portuguese colonialism and decolonization on which he has published several articles in academic journals (Portuguese Studies, Cold War History, International History Review, European Contemporary History, among others), as well as a number of books, including the monograph which adapts his PhD thesis on Britain and Portugal’s late colonial period and decolonization (Mário Soares Foundation Prize, 2007).

He has extensive experience as supervisor of MA and PhD students, and has curated historical exhibitions on the cultural impact of the Great War (2017) and the centenary of the League of Nations (2020). He is a member of the steering committee of MA program History in the Public Sphere.

Research fields

  • International history
  • Colonialism and decolonization
  • Portuguese foreign relations
  • Anglo-Portuguese relations

Selected publications

  • Oliveira, Pedro Aires & Bruno Cardoso Reis. “The Power and Limits of Culture Myths in Portugal’s search for a post-imperial role,” The International History Review 40 (2018): 631-653. [link]
  • Costa, João Paulo Oliveira e, José Damião Rodrigues & Pedro Aires Oliveira. História da expansão e do império Português. Lisbon: Esfera dos Livros, 2014. [link]
  • Oliveira, Pedro Aires. “Live and Let Live: Britain and Portugal’s imperial endgame (1945-1975),” Portuguese Studies 29 (2013): 209-226. [link]
  • Oliveira, Pedro Aires. Os Despojos da Aliança. A Grã-Bretanha e a questão colonial portuguesa, 1945-1975. Lisbon: Tinta da China, 2007. [link]

Main projects


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