An economic history of Portugal, 1143-2010

Leonor Freire Costa*, Pedro Lains, Susana Münch Miranda

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

34 Citations (Scopus)


This book offers a fascinating exploration of the evolution of the Portuguese economy over the course of eight centuries, from the foundation of the kingdom in 1143, when political boundaries began to take shape in the midst of the Christian Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula, and the formation of an empire, to the integration of the nation into the European Communities and the Economic and Monetary Union. Through six chapters, the authors provide a vibrant history of Portugal's past with a focus ranging from the medieval economy and the age of globalization, to war and recovery, the Atlantic economy, the rise of liberalism and patterns of convergence. The book provides a unique long-term perspective of change in a southern European country and its empire, which responds to the fundamental broader questions about when, how and why economies expand, stagnate or contract.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages406
ISBN (Electronic)9781139565035
ISBN (Print)9781107035546
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016


Dive into the research topics of 'An economic history of Portugal, 1143-2010'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this