The Revolution before the Revolution

The Revolution before the Revolution : Late Authoritarianism and Student Protest in Portugal

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Histories of Portugal's transition to democracy have long focused on the 1974 military coup that toppled the authoritarian Estado Novo regime and set in motion the divestment of the nation's colonial holdings. However, the events of this "Carnation Revolution" were in many ways the culmination of a much longer process of resistance and protest originating in universities and other sectors of society. Combining careful research in police, government, and student archives with insights from social movement theory, The Revolution before the Revolution broadens our understanding of Portuguese democratization by tracing the societal convulsions that preceded it over the course of the "long 1960s".
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Product details

  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 422g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785331140
  • 9781785331145

Table of contents

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List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Two Decades that Shook the World, 1956-1974
Chapter 2. The First Protest Cycle: 1956-1965
Chapter 3. 'The Marcelo's Spring' and the Opening of a Second Protest Cycle
Chapter 4. Protest Cycle or Permanent Conflict?
Chapter 5. The Demise of the New State
Conclusions: Social Movements and Authoritarianism: A Paradoxical Relationship

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Review quote

"[This volume] is methodologically solid, empirically rich and theoretically innovative and will be an indispensable read to anyone interested in the history of authoritarianism and social movements in postwar Europe, scholarly or not." Democratization
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About Guya Accornero

Guya Accornero is a senior researcher fellow in political science at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, Lisbon University Institute (IUL) - with a grant of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT, grant number FCT-IF/00223/2012) - and invited professor at the same University. She collaborates with the 'Barometer of News' of the IUL Journalism School. She has been visiting researcher at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of the Juan March Foundation, Madrid; at the Lausanne University Research Centre on Political Action and at the CUNY-Graduate Centre, New York City. Her research interests include contentious politics, radicalization, political violence, repression, anti-austerity protest, housing and anti-gentrification movements. Besides several book-chapters, she has published articles in the journals West European Politics, Democratization, Cultures & Conflicts, Analise Social, Storia e Problemi Contemporanei, Historein, Estudos Ibero-Americanos, and Journal of Contemporary Religion. She is the co-editor of the book Percorsi. Scienze sociali tra Italia e Portogallo (BraDypUS).
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