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Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements

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Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements

John D.H. Downing

Pub. date: 2001 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452204994 | Print ISBN: 9780803956995 | Online ISBN: 9781452204994 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Chapter 18: The Portuguese Explosion: The Collapse of Dictatorship and Colonialism, 1974–1975

The Portuguese explosion: The collapse of dictatorship and colonialism, 1974–1975 Portugal, population 9 million and still one of the less affluent European nations, hardly seems to hold a candle to the United States or the former Soviet empire, or even Italy, the other nations whose radical media we shall examine in this final section. Its affairs may seem, then, a matter of rather recondite curiosity. Not so four centuries ago, when Portugal's dominions stretched from Brazil to Macao, and it held the very doubtful honor of having pioneered European colonialism in Africa, in what is now Morocco. But that was then, and this is now. Yet, this view is misguided on three counts. One is general: the automatic equation of size with significance. The minimal size of the ship from which the Boston rebels hurled the tea chests had no bearing on the huge repercussions of that defiance. The second ...

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