Discourse, pragmatism and identity: Portugal and the partition treaties of the hispanic monarchy

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Abstract

This article focuses on the relations between Portugal and Spain after the War of Restoration. The analysis concentrates on two coinciding processes: the construction and projection of the Braganza Dynasty's Hispanic identity and the succession crisis that followed the death of Carlos II of Spain, ultimately reflecting on the identity practices at the court of Pedro II as mechanisms for opposing the exclusion of Portugal from the Spanish Partition Treaties. This project challenges the historiographical tendency to speak of a complete disassociation between Portugal and Spain, by demonstrating Portugal's ability to formulate political projects for the whole of the Iberian Peninsula as alternatives to those developed by the Habsburgs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-55
Number of pages20
JournalE-Journal of Portuguese History
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Carlos II of Spain
  • Identities
  • Partition treaties
  • Pedro II of Portugal
  • Spanish succession

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