This study analyses Franco's state visit to Salazar's Portugal in October 1949. This visit was organized with the propagandist aim of improving Franco's international image and thus breaking Spain's isolation. This event is analysed using historical, quantitative, qualitative and comparative perspectives to assess two Spanish (ABC and Arriba) and two Portuguese (Diário de Notícias and Diário da Manhã) daily newspapers, all subject to strong censorship mechanisms. This study concludes that a formidable propagandistic structure made a success out of the visit. To this end, the arsenal of myths created by the regime from the time of the Spanish Civil War was recovered and revitalised. In the new context of the Cold War, Franco was seen as a leader who was ahead of his time for having put an end to communism on July 18, 1936.
|Translated title of the contribution||Franco in Portugal: The revitalisation of Franquist myths in order to break international barriers|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|
- Civil War