Fifteenth Century, the Age of Discoveries, by Luís Adão da Fonseca

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Abstract

This article analyzes Luís Adão da Fonseca’s contribution to the study of the Portuguese overseas expansion. Most of his work deals with a narrow chronology of roughly one century—the fifteenth century—and through his texts we obtain a broader and more detailed picture of this period as a time of intense and diverse changes, which started in Europe but, for the first time, were to have a dramatic impact all over the world. I attempt to show that he was a pioneer in inserting the dynamics of Portugal’s development within a European and Mediterranean context and combining this with its overseas activities to arrive at a single (and complex) historical process.

Este artigo analisa o contributo de Luís Adão da Fonseca para o estudo da História da Expansão Portuguesa. A maior parte da sua obra aborda uma cronologia limitada a cerca de um século—o século XV—e através dos seus textos obtemos uma visão global desse período, como um tempo de mudanças intensas e diversificadas, que começaram na Europa, mas, pela primeira vez, tiveram repercussões relevantes por todo o mundo. Realço, por isso, que foi um pioneiro na integração das dinâmicas de Portugal com a Europa e o Mediterrâneo com as actividades ultramarinas num único (e complexo) processo histórico.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-154
Number of pages10
Journale.Journal of Portuguese History
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Renaissance
  • Mediterranean
  • Atlantic
  • Military orders
  • Globalization
  • Discoveries

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