Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Portuguese: A Modern History” as Want to Read:
The Portuguese: A Modern History
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Portuguese: A Modern History

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
“Combining history and anecdote, Barry Hatton paints an intimate portrait of a fascinating country and its people.

“Portugal is an established member of the European Union, one of the founders of the euro currency and a founding member of NATO. Yet it is an inconspicuous and largely overlooked country on the continent's south-west rim.

“Barry Hatton shines a light on this e
...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 30th 2011 by Interlink Pub Group (first published 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Portuguese, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Portuguese

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Owlseyes
It is written in the first pages: “This book is for my family, Portuguese and British”.


Born in 1963, Hatton is a British journalist who worked in Portugal for several years. The book is about the Portuguese modern history and a reflection on the Portuguese character. But it approaches the foundation of the kingdom and the long kings’ dynasties. Namely, when the Portuguese was made official language, by King D. Dinis.

Obviously, the topic “England our oldest ally” in Europe is included. England a
...more
Alexandra
Aug 17, 2016 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mandatory for someone who wants to know about Portugal, and especially its people. Liked it a lot because it's always very interesting to know what others think about us.
It's obvious the author really likes the Portuguese, despite all their faults :)

"I do not doubt for a moment that the Portuguese will persevere despite the hard times. There is as much chance of Portugal "disappearing", as some have warned, as there is of a snowflake settling on an Algarve beach. The Portuguese remind me of thos
...more
Beatriz Canas Mendes
Uma das maiores qualidades deste livro é associar traços culturais e comportamentais dos portugueses a 800 anos de História, perfeitamente resumida em 300 páginas. Uma vez que Barry Hatton, o autor, vive em Portugal há cerca de 28 anos, é-nos fornecida uma visão exterior, mas não suficientemente alheada da realidade do país. Por isso, acaba por ser um bom ponto de partida para olharmos para nós mesmos e, 100% "tugamente", rirmo-nos e troçarmos do nosso "fado".
Também considero este livro um excel
...more
Burçin Acar
It was surprising to see in this book how two countries such as Turkey and Portugal resemble each other so much while being distant and having different religious/cultural backgrounds. I just wonder what made them to evolve in this way for both countries. This book tries to provide this reasoning of evolution for Portugal, what makes it unique among other European countries, why it fell behind on modernization...etc. But when I compare it with Turkey, although they have a different past they sha ...more
Joana Gomes
Sep 09, 2012 Joana Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
«Eu não duvido, nem por um momento, de que os portugueses perseverarão, apesar dos tempo difíceis. Existem tantas hipóteses de Portugal "desaparecer", como alguns avisaram, como cair um floco de neve numa praia do Algarve. Os portugueses lembram aquelas velhas oliveiras por que passamos no país - vergadas por forças maiores, marcadas e sofredoras, mas sobrevivendo robustamente com uma invulgar beleza.»
Gostei mesmo de ler este livro, ajudou-me a resumir na minha cabeça porque é que já fomos donos
...more
Inês
Sep 22, 2011 Inês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Inês by: Margarida Aguiar
Shelves: history
Penso que não sendo um livro com muitas pretensões é muito interessante principalmente para aqueles, que tal como eu, nasceram numa época pós 25 de Abril, pois ajuda a contextualizar muitas das coisas pelas quais estamos agora a passar.
djamb
Podem aceder ao post completo no meu blog: www.folhasdepapel.wordpress.com


“Os Portugueses” é um livro apaixonante e de leitura obrigatória. De nacionalidade britânica e residente em Portugal há quase 25 anos, Barry Hatton faz um retrato do que considera ser Portugal e os Portugueses, analisando brevemente a História do país e justificando as características e hábitos dos seus habitantes, de forma a dar a conhecer além-fronteiras este povo tão recatado e incompreendido.

Com uma linguagem singela e
...more
Cassandra666
Jun 11, 2013 Cassandra666 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miscellanea
A brilliant insight into the history and character of the Portuguese people.

If you ever thought it was impossible to understand why the Portuguese are the way they are, almost like bipolar people, you will find the answer to those questions rooted in their History, their Fatum. And this book explores it in great detail without ever getting boring or losing track of momentum.

Aside from the Portuguese and from those that despite being foreigners have a special connection to the country, this impos
...more
Converse
Dec 13, 2011 Converse rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Barry Hatton's short history of Portugal would also be useful as a travel guide, as he describes the varied scenery of this small nation, its traditional music (fado) and where the inhabitants cookery excels. Portugal was a leader in the European exploration of the world, but has since declined economically and as a political power. Consequently, one question that the Portuguese often ask themselves is: where did we go wrong? Perhaps they are asking the wrong question; and they tend to have a ro ...more
Fil
Aug 05, 2013 Fil rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Whoa! In broad stokes Hatton goes through the history of Portugal, describing key battles, great discoveries and a few of its historical figures - with anecdotes scattered throughout. His very accurate assessment of my people's character is amazing (and laugh inducing). Moor ass-kicking, empire building, Spain hating, African unrest, Salazar's Estado Novo, the Carnation Revolution and Asian troubles are discussed as are fantastic food, economic difficulties and twenty-first century expectations. ...more
Michelle
Jun 18, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
I read this after returning from a trip to Portugal. It is very well written. It was also very interesting for me because I did not know much about Portuguese history.
Carolina
Insightful and lucid analysis, but inevitably too Lisbon-centric for my stomach. Worth the read.
Henna Pääkkönen
Hatton wrote a crashcourse on this beautiful country, its history and its people.
Having lived in Portugal for a long time, for me the most interesting part of Hatton's book was the historic account as well as the learning about the depth and the nature of the historical diplomatic relations between England and Portugal, however for a resident of the country, the book did at times feel too much like a tourist guide- maybe that was partly the author's intention.
Allusion to Quental's speech of 187
...more
Natalie
Gostei a forma na qual o autor tenta explicar a idiossincrasia do português através da sua história. Achei uma critica muito positiva tanto das virtudes e dos defeitos dos portugueses como povo. Claro que o autor faz estas criticas desde a sua perspectiva. Para pessoas como eu, cujo pais de origem apresenta ainda piores níveis de corrupção, burocracia e impontualidade, os portugueses até nos parecem muito certinhos. Gostei especialmente o ultimo capitulo onde o autor expressa a sua admiração pel ...more
Barroca
May 18, 2014 Barroca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporâneo
Opinião completa no blog BUÉ DE LIVROS em Os Portugueses

Os Portugueses é uma leitura didáctica e bastante curiosa, um retrato maioritariamente positivo feito por um estrangeiro que ama o nosso país, mas que não se deixou cegar, apontando de forma certeira as nossas maiores falhas e feitos. É claramente uma visão pessoal, revisitando os nossos maiores triunfos e pedradas no charco, ao mesmo tempo que desvenda a razão de alguns hábitos e ditos populares.

Entre anedotas e episódios caricatos, Os Por
...more
Vasco Gomes
Jul 27, 2011 Vasco Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro, escrito por um jornalista inglês radicado à anos no nosso país, serve bastante bem o seu propósito, que é tentar explicar aos portuguesas (que não sabem mas deveriam saber) e aos estrangeiros as suas raízes sócios culturuais, e as suas idiossincrisias. É bastante agradável de ler, e percebe-se a intenção do autor ao longo de todo o livro. È engraçado ler acerca das nossas "manías", defeitos e virtudes, vistos pelos olhos de um autor inglês.
Recomendo este livro a todos os portugueses
...more
Sara
Nov 12, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
This is more of a social history of Portugal than a chronological history. It doesn't follow a true linear path as to what happened when. I did learn more about Portugal than I knew before, but I was confused sometimes from the author's meandering ramblings. I did like the chapter on food. Made me hungry. I would have liked a chapter on port. The chapter on fado was also good. I may have to seek out another history of Portugal to get clear dates on what happened when and who was ruling at the ti ...more
Marco Teixeira
This book is interesting even for a Portuguese reader since it's very interesting to have an external analysis from a foreigner that has been living in Portugal for a long time like. Many of the Portuguese characteristics, the virtues and flaws are explained with wisdom and humour.

Nevertheless, in my opinion, this book has a problem that many books written by non-historians have. Lack of objectiveness and explaining historical events with a present-day view. When you do historical analysis you
...more
Miguel Pais
Dec 24, 2013 Miguel Pais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A super interesting book, with a fascinating point of view by an AP correspondent who's been living in our country for several years now.
With some light shed on habits that we have and don't even realize, as well as a cultural and historical approach to the portuguese way, I would deem this book very fun to read - especially if you are portuguese (in which case you will probably, as I sure have, feel an overwhelming affection for your homeland and fellow portuguese compatriots).
Lams
Mar 10, 2012 Lams rated it really liked it
A compact, current and highly readable account of Portuguese history up to todays economic crisis. A great starting-point for those who want to understand the Portuguese psyche, how they ended up in economic trouble and their reaction to the troubling development after 2008 - in contrast to the Greek public anger.

Joan
Jul 26, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
What an interesting book. I had no idea of the history of Portugal, old and recent. It is amazing that a country could remain so repressed under a dictatorship in the twentieth century. The author has done a very good job of portraying how the past has created the present country and the personality of its people. A very good look at the country.
Tony Mercer
May 13, 2015 Tony Mercer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: portugal
A fascinating look at the history and lives of the Portuguese. As a person of Portuguese descent who has lived entirely in the United States I was surprised at how much I identified with many of his conclusions as I interact with my mother, grandparents, and other relatives. A really easy read with a lot of great material.
Paulo
Aug 16, 2011 Paulo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De uma forma atual e dinâmica, o autor (que, ironicamente, é um jornalista inglês radicado em Portugal há anos) mostra a evolução do povo português desde sua formação como nação no séc. XII até os dias atuais. Excelente contexto histórico.
Daniel Morales
An overall optimistic trip through everything Portugal.
André Sá Machado


Comprei este livro no aeroporto, carregado de nostalgia. Contem apontamentos e informacao interessantes.
Lisa
Sep 19, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
it's not just my family that is shiftless, contrary, tender-hearted, sensitive, wistful, and lacking ambition' it is the entire portuguese race!
Shannon
Jan 28, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Books describing modern Portugal are so rare to come across, this is a very nice primer!
Bruno
Jul 31, 2012 Bruno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It describes well this Country, although I think that it's a little bit superficial in same descriptions! But for such a " complex" country it's well done..
John
Oct 04, 2011 John rated it really liked it
A great book that delivers an overview of the nation, without being too superficial nor becoming bogged down. I agree with another reviewer who felt it helped to have visited the country first.
Eduardo Corvacho
Eduardo Corvacho rated it really liked it
Jan 12, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Second World War: A Complete History
  • Magnificent Corpses: Searching Through Europe for St. Peter's Head, St. Claire's Heart, St. Stephen's Hand, and Other Saintly Relic
  • Mossad - Os Carrascos do Kidon
  • Caderneta de Cromos
  • The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie-Antoinette
  • Shanghai : The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City 1842-1949
  • The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall
  • Cartas de amor de Ofélia a Fernando Pessoa
  • Mediterranean Winter: The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia and the Peloponnese
  • Walking the Kiso Road: A Modern-Day Exploration of Old Japan
  • Continental Drifter
  • Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
  • Holocausto Brasileiro
  • The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands
  • The Inquisitors' Manual
  • The Sinner's Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe
  • Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain
  • Holy War: How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations
3064652
British-born Associated Press correspondent Barry Hatton has made his home in Portugal for over 25 years. He continues to cover Portuguese politics for the AP while writing books on the side.
More about Barry Hatton...

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »