Contemporary Portugal: Politics, Society and Culture is an introduction to the evolution of Portuguese politics, society and culture in the twentieth century. Eminent historians, political scientists and experts in literature and art explore a wide spectrum of topics: international relations, authoritarianism, transition to democracy, social change, economic development, colonialism and decolonization, patterns of emigration, problems of national identity and the main trends of twentieth century Portuguese literature and art.
Antonio Costa Pinto is a professor of politics and contemporary European history at the Institute of Social Science, University of Lisbon. He has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1993), and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (1996) and at the University of California, Berkeley (2010). He is the author of The Blue Shirts (2000); and recently edited Ruling Elites and Decision-Making in Fascist Era Dictatorships (2009); and Rethinking the Nature of Fascism 2010).