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The Crisis of Goa between Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, and New Delhi (1947-1961): The Transnational Destiny of an Empire

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  • Mon 17 Sep 2018 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-09-17 11:00 2018-09-17 13:00 Europe/Paris The Crisis of Goa between Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, and New Delhi (1947-1961): The Transnational Destiny of an Empire

This thesis concerns the crisis of Goa, a protracted dispute between Portugal and India regarding the sovereign rights of the Estado Português da Índia – a group of territories (Goa, Daman and Diu) on the Indian subcontinent, which had been under Portuguese colonial rule since the sixteenth century – which developed between 1947 and 1961. Although encompassing several dimensions (i.e. the political, diplomatic, religious, economic and military), this thesis is particularly focused on the diplomatic aspects of the dispute between Portugal and India, since much of the substance of this conflict was waged through diplomacy. More specifically, this thesis explores the dispute through a diplomatic triangle , the sides of which were constituted by Portugal, India and Brazil. It thus examines the political and cultural aspects of the wider diplomatic efforts undertaken by both Portugal and India towards Brazil (in order to enlist the latter’s support for their opposing causes, namely retention of Goa by Portugal vs. incorporation of Goa into India), and explores the ways in which Brazil responded to these overtures. Bringing Brazil under consideration – as opposed to the traditional centers of power , such as the United States and the United Kingdom – will provide a fresh perspective on a conflict that marked the beginning of the end of Portuguese colonialism, within an international scenario that was heavily dominated by two phenomena: decolonization, and the Cold War.

Sala dei Levrieri - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala dei Levrieri - Villa Salviati- Castle

This thesis concerns the crisis of Goa, a protracted dispute between Portugal and India regarding the sovereign rights of the Estado Português da Índia – a group of territories (Goa, Daman and Diu) on the Indian subcontinent, which had been under Portuguese colonial rule since the sixteenth century – which developed between 1947 and 1961. Although encompassing several dimensions (i.e. the political, diplomatic, religious, economic and military), this thesis is particularly focused on the diplomatic aspects of the dispute between Portugal and India, since much of the substance of this conflict was waged through diplomacy. More specifically, this thesis explores the dispute through a diplomatic triangle , the sides of which were constituted by Portugal, India and Brazil. It thus examines the political and cultural aspects of the wider diplomatic efforts undertaken by both Portugal and India towards Brazil (in order to enlist the latter’s support for their opposing causes, namely retention of Goa by Portugal vs. incorporation of Goa into India), and explores the ways in which Brazil responded to these overtures. Bringing Brazil under consideration – as opposed to the traditional centers of power , such as the United States and the United Kingdom – will provide a fresh perspective on a conflict that marked the beginning of the end of Portuguese colonialism, within an international scenario that was heavily dominated by two phenomena: decolonization, and the Cold War.


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Thesis defence

Supervisor:
Federico Romero (EUI - HEC)

Examiner:
Antònio Costa Pinto (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Corinna Ruth Unger
Luis Nuno Rodrigues (ISCTE-IUL, Portugal)

Defendant:
Luís Miguel Costa Serra Coelho (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
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