The Iberian Peninsula from the periphery
Historical Reference in the 19th Century Portuguese Discourse
Maria da Conceição MEIRELES PEREIRA
Universidade do Porto and Centro de Estudos da População, Economia e Sociedade (CEPESE)
The issue described above is so vast and complex that the need to define its exact scope is required. As to what time references are concerned, the focus falls on the second and third quarters of the 19th century in Portugal with one or other referenced at the beginning and end of the century. Regarding the historical discourse, it is wide-ranging and encompasses different genres.
Resorting systematically to History was an ethical and aesthetical imperative of romanticism as well as a strategy to anchor the nationalistic ethos, a propaganda vehicle of the nation-state inspired in the liberal and romantic historicism.
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