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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Decolonization: Portuguese Territories

Matthias Fischer, Saskia Klatte

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 October 2020

Subject(s):
Prerogative — Act of state — Colonization / Decolonization

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Portugal being the first European country to entertain colonies was also the last one to leave them. When other countries were letting go of their colonies in the aftermath of World War II Portugal chose to cling to them even tighter. In contrast to the situation of other colonial powers (Decolonization: Belgian Territories; Decolonization: Spanish Territories), Portugal did not release its colonies in a gradual manner; rather, decolonization of Portuguese territories occurred as a sudden process. This was due to the fact that during the regime from 1926 to 1974...
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