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Catalonia and Portugal

The Iberian Peninsula from the periphery


Edited By Flocel Sabaté and Luís Adão Da Fonseca

Between 2010 and 2013 the European Science Foundation project «Cuius Regio» undertook a study of the reasons for cohesion of some European regions, including the analysis of the ways for cohesion of two peripherical Iberian entities: Portugal and Catalonia. A scientific meeting held in Lleida in 2012 facilitated the collection of contributions from outstanding researchers in order to analyse how specific identities in the periphery of the Iberian Peninsula were created in the Middle Ages and how they evolved until the 19 th century. History, Literature and Language are being discussed in this book in order to understand the reasons for creating specific territorial identities and also to compare their different evolutions, that have resulted in different political realities in our current times.
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Historical Reference in the 19th Century Portuguese Discourse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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