Nationalisms in portuguese imperial public sphere

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This paper discusses the role of press system in the promotion and mobilization of nationalist ideologies in Portuguese Colonial Empire. Throughout the nineteenth century, a growing Imperial Public Sphere performed a central role in socio-political dynamics of Portuguese Empire. The press published in Portugal and in its colonial territories composed an Imperial Public Space of discussion and conflict regarding mainly liberalism and political participation, economic development and colonial administration. Through the press system, imperial, colonial and native elites expressed competitive varieties of nationalist ideology and I try to show three types: ‘regional nationalism’; ‘proto-nationalism’; and ‘colonial nationalism’. Regarding these varieties, this paper is structured in four sections: 1) The conceptualization of the Imperial Public Sphere; 2) The 'regional nationalism' in the Angolan press; 3)the ’Proto-nationalism’ in the African press; and 4) ‘colonial nationalism’ in the metropolitan press.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2022
EventNationalism & Media: Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism - University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 5 Apr 20227 Apr 2022


ConferenceNationalism & Media


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