Sobre as dúvidas que as autoridades na América portuguesa ofereciam ao centro da monarquia portuguesa: Uma reflexão sobre a prática e a comunicação políticas (c. 1600-c. 1750)

Translated title of the contribution: On the doubts that the authorities in Portuguese America put to the center of the monarchy: A reflection on political practice and communication

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Abstract

Este artigo analisa fontes produzidas nos séculos XVII e XVIII por autoridades na América portuguesa que enviaram suas dúvidas ao Conselho Ultramarino e à Coroa portuguesa sobre diferentes aspectos relacionados à administração. Tais incertezas expressam dimensões relevantes da comunicação política entre as duas partes e, afinal, uma dimensão negociada destas. As práticas administrativas correntes e o recurso à dúvida armavam os agentes régios com um conjunto de dispositivos argumentativos que ampliavam o seu poder de interlocução. A partir da análise de casos pontuais, observa-se as distintas motivações dos oficiais que estavam por detrás desta comunicação como o receio de errar e a intenção deliberada de resistir às ordens.

This article analyses the sources produced in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by authorities in Portuguese America who have sent their doubts to the Overseas Council and to the Portuguese Crown on different aspects / issues related to the administration. Such uncertainties convey significant dimensions of political communication between the two segments and, after all, a component of negotiation between them. Existing administrative practices and the use of doubt vested the royal agents with argumentative tools that broadened their power of interlocution. From the analysis of a number of cases, we can observe the different motivations of the officers who were behind this communication such as fear of making mistakes and the deliberate intention of resisting orders.
Translated title of the contributionOn the doubts that the authorities in Portuguese America put to the center of the monarchy: A reflection on political practice and communication
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalLes Cahiers de Framespa
Volume30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • negotiation
  • control
  • distance
  • Portuguese administration

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