Changes in governance in 19thC Portugal

Ron Thomson will be talking about the 1810 to 1850 period in Portugal at two Algarve History Association events this month.

The talk, entitled Absolutism, Constitutionalism and the Failure of Liberalism – Portugal 1810-1850, will see him talk about the period which saw numerous changes in the governance of Portugal.

Against a background of dynastic struggle, because the monarch still played a central role in the political life of the period, Portugal changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy – in fact there were three different constitutions within the period.

The talk will outline the dynastic conflict between Dom Pedro and Dom Miguel (The War of the Two Brothers) as well as the attempts by liberal elements to create a liberal state.

In the end, Portugal continued as a very conservative country in which the liberals were relegated to the cafés and debating clubs of Lisbon and Porto. The lecture will try to explain why this occurred.

The first talk will be held on February 21 at the Municipal Library in Lagoa from 6pm and the second on February 24 at the Municipal Library in Tavira from 11am.

There is no charge for the talks but monetary contributions are welcome.

For more information, please email [email protected].

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