The historical and political importance of the Carnation Revolution (25 April 1974) in Portugal

Luísa Tiago de Oliveira from ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute will be talking about the genesis and the consequences of the 25th of April 1974 in Portugal for European, African and global history. (Her talk is available here)

Demosntration in Lisbon 1 May 1975

1st May 1975. Photo: Eduardo Gageiro. Copyright: Eduardo Gageiro.

The Carnation Revolution, as it came to be called in Portugal and abroad, put an end to the longest dictatorship in Europe, and brought the end of longest colonial imperial in the world, and the end of the liberation war(s) in Guinea, Angola and Mozambique.

It was also renowned and romanticized by an absence of violence and retaliation.

However, the future of all the countries involved was fraught with difficulties, not least due to other powers in power in the world at large: the Cold war and its hot consequences for Africa, the geopolitical constellation in Oceania and the Far East, and the rise of the European Community (now Union).  Luisa Tiago de Oliveira will attempt to give a glimpse of the half a million Portuguese from Africa that Portugal had to integrate in 1975.

This lecture will demonstrate the importance of also hearing the voices and the History from the lusophone (i.e., Portuguese-speaking world) to understand the world of today.

The talk will be given in English. Everyone is welcome!

Luísa Tiago de Oliveira teaches Contemporary History and Oral History at ISCTE (Institituto de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa - Lisbon University Institute), one of the main poles of research in Social Sciences in Portugal. She has worked with memory and contemporary voices and testimonies since she wrote her PhD on "The Student Civic Service (1974-1977). Students and People in the Revolution".

This lecture has also received support from Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua:

Logo from Camões institute and the Portuguese Embassy in Oslo: 


Diana Santos, João Marques Lopes and ILOS
Tags: Portugal, revolution, history, lusophone world, 25 April 1974
Published Mar. 19, 2018 9:27 PM - Last modified Apr. 30, 2018 8:54 PM