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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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Historical Writing in Spain and Portugal, 1720–1930

Historical Writing in Spain and Portugal, 1720–1930

(p.243) Chapter 12 Historical Writing in Spain and Portugal, 1720–1930
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Xosé-Manoel Núñez

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This chapter states that Spain and Portugal have followed parallel historical paths, with similarities which were as strong as the dissimilarities. In Portugal, history has been seen as a powerful means to reinforce Portuguese national identity and has been linked closely to the history of the monarchy, while in Spain, late political unity and the persistence of a composite monarchy until the coming of the liberal revolutions provided a more fragmented landscape of historiographical traditions that endured and survived throughout the late modern and contemporary periods. This chapter also emphasizes that in both Spain and Portugal, history has been conceived as a chronological narrative that traces back the origins of kingdoms, kings, and prominent members of the aristocracy.

Keywords:   Spain, Portugal, national identity, monarchy, liberal revolutions, historiographical traditions, chronological narrative, aristocracy

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