Moving Beyond the Military Revolution: The Portuguese Case

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This article discusses recent historiographical trends regarding the evolution of warfare in Portugal and its overseas empire in the early modern period. It presents a reassessment of the state of art on the Portuguese case in the early modern world (in the kingdom of Portugal in Europe and its overseas empire), followed by some contributions for an ongoing research agenda. It is divided in three parts, presenting overviews of the situation in Europe, overseas and at sea. It concludes that it is difficult to sustain that the Portuguese case supports the case for a link between an alleged military revolution and unilinear state-formation or Western military exceptionalism
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Military Transformations
Subtitle of host publicationChange and Continuity, 1450-1800
EditorsJeremy Black
Place of PublicationRoma
PublisherSocietà Italiana di Storia Militare
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9788894698442
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Warfare
  • Early modern portuguese world
  • Naval history
  • Empire
  • State Building


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