The most up-to-date short history of Portugal available, current through 1999.
Presents a concise history of Portugal and the political, social, cultural, and economic influences that shaped it. Covers the period from the country's formation as a nation through its long history, with emphasis on the dramatic period of the last several decades. Includes a timeline, brief biographies of important people, lists of monarchs and heads of state, and a bibliographic essay. The author teaches at the University of Calgary, Canada, and has spent many years in Portugal and Spain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)