Monday, November 9, 2020

Review of The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World by Martin Page

This review is written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = History, Empires

Elaborate Description

Portugal's contribution to world prosperity from a historic perspective is extremely valuable. From tribes to a part of the Roman Empire, to Christian rule, to Muslim rule, to the foundation of what is now known as Portugal via the Knights Templar. Integral part of the knowledge of the seas and lands. Refused Columbus because they already knew the more correct estimates of the world's circumference. Very tolerant of other religions until the fall of the Portugal line of royalty which allowed the Spanish allies to take over Portugal. Portugal was once a very rich country, but the imposition of legislature to drive out human capital made it poor, until freedom was regained and the wealth came back only to fall into a dictatorship again. Portugal has learned many lessons from its past and continues to make great strides to help its people rise again and again. The book goes usually keeps going through Portugal's history, only stopping and explaining major junctures in more detail. Not difficult to read. The minor difficulty was reading events were describes sparsely and needed a more detailed analysis or transitions.


Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9789724613130
Pages to read:   251
Publication:     2015
1st Edition:      2002
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          5
Overall           5