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Pedro Aires Oliveira

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Research Associate

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Assistant Professor at the History Department of NOVA FCSH, holds a PhD in Political and Institutional History. Integrated researcher in the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC). Author of several books and articles in the field of Portuguese foreign relations, colonialism and decolonisation, such as Os Despojos da Aliança. A Grã-Bretanha e a Questão Colonial Portuguesa 1945-75 (Tinta-da-China, 2007) and História da Expansão e do Império Português (with J. P. Costa e José Damião Rodrigues, Esfera dos Livros, 2014). Between 2004 and 2008 he was the editor in chief of IPRI’s in-house journal, Relações Internacionais.

Research Fields:

Portuguese Contemporary History.
Portuguese Foreign Relations.
Colonialism and Decolonization.

Recent Publications:

1. OLIVEIRA, Pedro Aires – “Saved by the Civil War: African ‘loyalists’ in the Portuguese armed forces and Angola’s transition to independence”, International History Review, 39, 1 (2017), pp. 126-142.
2. OLIVEIRA, Pedro Aires; ROSAS, Fernando; MACHAQUEIRO, M. (Ed.) – O Adeus ao Império. 40 Anos de Descolonização Portuguesa. Lisboa: Vega, 2015.
3. OLIVEIRA, Pedro Aires – “Diplomacy (Portugal)”, in DANIEL, Ute; GATRELL, Peter; JANZ, Oliver; JONES, Heather; KEENE, Jennifer; KRAMER, Alan; NASSON, Bill (Ed.) – 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, 2014-12-08.
4. OLIVEIRA, Pedro Aires – “Live and Let Live: Britain and Portugal’s imperial endgame (1945-1975)”, Portuguese Studies, 29, 2 (2013), pp. 209-226.
5. OLIVEIRA, Pedro Aires – “The United Kingdom and the independence of Portuguese Africa (1974-1976): stakes, perceptions and policy options”, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, 18, 2 (2013), pp. 105-128.


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