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Book: The ‘Civilising Mission’ of Portuguese Colonialism, 1870-1930 – Editor’s Note

This book provides an historical critical analysis of the doctrine of the ‘civilising mission’ in Portuguese colonialism in the crucial period from 1870 to 1930. Exploring international contexts and transnational connections, imperial politics and colonial policies, this ‘civilising mission’ is analysed and assessed by examining the contentious debates about the recruitment, employment and distribution of African manpower, namely over the persistence of slavery, the emergence and legalisation of ‘conditions analogous to slavery’, and of other modalities of compulsory labour.

About the Author

Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo is Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. His interests focus on the Comparative Histories of Imperialism and Colonialism. He recently published ‘A diplomacia do império’ and edited ‘O império colonial em questão’ (both in 2012), and co-edited ‘Portugal e o fim do colonialismo’ (2014) and ‘The Ends of European Colonial Empires: Cases and Comparisons’ (2015).

Book details

  • Title: The ‘Civilising Mission’ of Portuguese Colonialism, 1870-1930
  • Author:  Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Date of Publication: January 23, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 280 pp
  • Ebook: (EPUB/PDF)

Source:  Palgrage Macmillan


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