Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Law :: International Relations

Versao Portuguesa


2º curricular year
Semestralidade: 1st semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutor Joel Mata
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutor Joel Mata

Class type and School hours

Orientação Tutorial : 1 Horas
Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

-To develop the concept of evolution of Diplomatic History
-Relations of continuity relations between States
-Start on the methodology of Diplomatic History
-To develop communication skills

Specific Aims/Objectives

-Develop the ability of mutual respect, openness to change
-Reflect on the need for communication between the members understand the different political models
-Reflect further on international problems
-Interpret national issues within geographical Europe

Skills to be acquired

-Search, independently planned but in diverse ways
-Analyze and interpret the text of treaties
-Recognize the role of actors in the diplomatic negotiations
-Reflect on the need for diplomatic agreements in different historical contexts

Teaching Procedures

-Presentation of the syllabus by the teacher, followed by the comment and reflection on documents selected and teacher-student interactivity


1- Introduction
2- Portuguese foreign policy between 1808-1820
2.1- Perspectives Portuguese between 1807 and 1815
2.2- The Portuguese political dependence
2.3- The decration of war on France
2.4- The Portuguese policy regarding Spanish America
2.5- The coordinates of the court diplomatic headquarters in Rio de Janeiro
3- Brazilian secession and civil war internationalized
3.1- Brazil, the Courts and the return of the king
3.2- Imposition of diplomacy by the Cortes twenties
3.3- The Holy Alliance and Portuguese revolutions
3.4- The liberal regime under the Portuguese external protection (1834-1853)
3.5- The Portuguese foreign policy between 1853-1884
4- The scramble for Africa and the Portuguese diplomacy (1884-1910)

4.1- The Portuguese position in Africa before Berlin Conference
4.2- The Berlin Conference and the reactions Portuguese
4.3- The map “Cor de Rosa”
4.4- The Ultimatum 1890 English
4.5- The Portuguese diplomacy between 1890 and 1915- The Portuguese diplomacy during the 1st Republic
5.1- The end of the European order
5.2- Luso-German relations before World War 1, the end of the war and the Treaty of Versailles
5.3- The relations between Portugal and Britain
5.4- The Portuguese relations and the Holy See
6- The Portuguese diplomacy during the Estado Novo
6.1- Portugal and Britain
6.2- Portugal and the U.S.
6.3- Portugal and Spain
6.4- Portugal and UN
6.5- Portugal and the Holy See
7- The new directions of Portuguese diplomacy in the democratic period
7.1- Portugal and the emergence of new African states: the Palop
7.2- Portugal and Europe
7.3- Portugal and the Indian Union
7.4- Portugal and Holy See

Evaluation Type

The regime
1. Attendance (as the general regulation of assessment)
2. Writing exercices (two)
3. Often covering the whole of the syllabus

Teaching Resources

-Oral presentation
-Computer and Datashow / Power Point
-Framework ceramic
-Analysis specific documentation


Foreign relations

Main Bibliography

Title História Diplomática de Portugal
Place Coimbra
Editor Edições Almedina
Year 2010
Author Rodrigues, Ana Maria S. A.
Title Casamento da Familia Real Portuguesa. Diplomacia e
Place Lisboa
Editor Circulo de Leitores
Year 2017
Author SERRÃO, Joaquim Veríssimo
Title SERRÃO, Joaquim Veríssimo
Place Lisboa
Editor Verbo
Year 1990

Complementary Bibliography

Author José Mattoso (dir.)
Title História de Portugal
Author BRANDÃO, Fernando de Castro
Title História Diplomática de Portugal. Uma cronologia