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António de Oliveira Salazar

António de Oliveira Salazar
António de Oliveira Salazar in 1940

President of Portugal
In office
18 April 1951 – 21 July 1951
Preceded by Óscar Carmona
Succeeded by Francisco Craveiro Lopes
Head of Government of Portugal
In office
5 July 1932 – 25 September 1968
President Óscar Carmona
Francisco Craveiro Lopes
Américo Tomás
Preceded by Domingos Oliveira
Succeeded by Marcelo Caetano
Minister of Defence
In office
13 April 1961 – 4 December 1962
Preceded by Júlio Botelho Moniz
Succeeded by Gomes de Araújo
Minister of War
In office
11 May 1936 – 6 September 1944
Preceded by Abílio Passos e Sousa
Succeeded by Fernando dos Santos Costa
In office
5 July 1932 – 6 July 1932
Preceded by António Lopes Mateus
Succeeded by Daniel Rodrigues de Sousa
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
6 November 1936 – 4 February 1944
Preceded by Armindo Monteiro
Succeeded by José Caeiro da Mata
Minister of Finance
In office
28 April 1928 – 28 August 1940
Prime Minister José Vicente de Freitas
Artur Ivens Ferraz
Domingos Oliveira
Preceded by José Vicente de Freitas
Succeeded by João Lumbrales
In office
3 June 1926 – 19 June 1926
Prime Minister José Mendes Cabeçadas
Preceded by José Mendes Cabeçadas
Succeeded by Câmara de Melo Cabral
Minister of the Navy
In office
30 January 1939 – 2 February 1939
Preceded by Manuel Ortins de Bettencourt
Succeeded by Manuel Ortins de Bettencourt
In office
25 January 1936 – 5 February 1936
Preceded by Manuel Ortins de Bettencourt
Succeeded by Manuel Ortins de Bettencourt
Minister of the Colonies
In office
3 November 1930 – 6 November 1930
Prime Minister Domingos Oliveira
Preceded by Eduardo Marques
Succeeded by Eduardo Marques
In office
21 January 1930 – 20 July 1930
Prime Minister Domingos Oliveira
Preceded by Eduardo Marques
Succeeded by Eduardo Marques
Personal details
Born (1889-04-28)28 April 1889
Vimieiro, Santa Comba Dão, Portugal
Died 27 July 1970(1970-07-27) (aged 81)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Academic Centre of Christian Democracy (Before 1930)
National Union (1930–1970)
Spouse(s) None
Alma mater University of Coimbra
Profession Professor
Religion Roman Catholicism

António de Oliveira Salazar GCSE, GCIC, GCTE, GColIH (Portuguese pronunciation: ; 28 April 1889 – 27 July 1970) was a Portuguese professor and politician who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. His Council of Ministers briefly served as acting President of the Republic in 1951; he was never President of the Republic, but was the virtual dictator of the country in the manner of Franco and Mussolini. He founded and led the Estado Novo (New State), the authoritarian, right-wing government[1] that presided over and controlled Portugal from 1932 to 1974. In 1940, Life called Salazar "the greatest Portuguese since Prince Henry the Navigator" [2] and Oxford University conferred him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law.[3][4]

Opposed to communism, socialism, anarchism and liberalism,[2] Salazar's rule was corporatist, conservative, and nationalist in nature, defending Portugal as Catholic. Its policy envisaged the perpetuation of Portugal as a pluricontinental nation under the doctrine of lusotropicalism, with Angola, Mozambique, and other Portuguese territories as extensions of Portugal itself, with Portugal being a source of civilization and stability to the overseas societies in the African and Asian possessions.

Historian Neill Lochery claims Salazar was one of the most gifted men of his generation and hugely dedicated to his job and country.[6] According to Lord Templewood, Salazar was a learned and impressive thinker and a man of one idea, the good of his country. “Salazar detested Hitler and all his works” and his corporative state was fundamentally different from Nazism and Fascism.[7] Historian Carlton Hayes, who met Salazar in person, also describes him as someone who “didn't look like a regular dictator. Rather, he appeared a modest, quiet, and highly intelligent gentleman and scholar (...) literally dragged from a professorial chair (...) to straighten out Portugal's finances.”[8] Salazar lived a life of simplicity, dying as a poor man after 40 years of public service.[3] Portuguese right-leaning or conservative scholars like Jaime Nogueira Pinto[11] and Rui Ramos,[12] claim his early reforms and policies allowed political and financial stability and therefore social order and economic growth, after the politically unstable and financially chaotic years of the Portuguese First Republic. Even the communist historian, António José Saraiva, a lifelong opponent of Salazar, recognizes that “Salazar was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable men in the history of Portugal and had a quality that not all remarkable men have: the right intention”.[13]

On the other hand historians like leftist politician Fernando Rosas, claim that Salazar's policies from the 1930s to the 1950s led to economic and social stagnation and rampant emigration, turning Portugal into one of the poorest countries in Europe, however, recognizing "that industrial growth throughout the 1950s and 1960s was generally quite positive and, given Portugal's basic problems, could probably have only been improved slightly by a more creatively liberal regime".[14] From 1960 until Salazar's death economic growth and levels of capital formation were characterized by unparalleled robust annual growth rates of GDP (6.9 percent), industrial production (9 percent), private consumption (6.5 percent), and gross fixed capital formation (7.8 percent).[15]

In March 2007, Salazar was elected the "Greatest Portuguese Ever" with 42% of votes on the RTP1 TV show Os Grandes Portugueses[16] as well as "Worst Portuguese Ever" on the parody TV show "Axis of Evil" from rival channel SIC Notícias.


  • Early life and career 1
    • Education 1.1
    • Rise to power 1.2
  • Estado Novo 2
  • World War II 3
    • Neutrality 3.1
    • Refugees 3.2
    • Post-war Portugal 3.3
  • Economic policies 4
  • Colonial views 5
  • Catholic Church 6
  • Assassination attempt 7
  • Death 8
  • Post-Salazar Portugal 9
  • Critics and interpretation 10
  • Awards and honours 11
  • Explanatory notes 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • Sources 15
  • Further reading 16
    • In English 16.1
    • In Portuguese 16.2
  • External links 17

Early life and career

Salazar was born in Vimieiro, near Santa Comba Dão (Viseu District), to a family of modest income.[17] His father, a small landowner, had started as an agricultural labourer and became the manager for a family of rural landowners of the region of Santa Comba Dão, the Perestrelos, who possessed lands and other assets scattered between Viseu and Coimbra.[18] He had four older sisters, and was the only male child of two fifth cousins, António de Oliveira (17 January 1839 to 28 September 1932) and wife Maria do Resgate Salazar (23 October 1845 to 17 November 1926).[17] His older sisters were Maria do Resgate Salazar de Oliveira, an elementary school teacher; Elisa Salazar de Oliveira; Maria Leopoldina Salazar de Oliveira; and Laura Salazar de Oliveira, who in 1887 married Abel Pais de Sousa, whose brother Mário Pais de Sousa was Salazar's Interior Minister, sons of a family of Santa Comba Dão.


Salazar attended his small village primary school, later he went to Viseu’s primary school and at the age of eleven he won a free place in Viseu’s seminar where he studied for eight years. Salazar studied at the Viseu Seminary from 1900 to 1908[19] and considered becoming a priest, but, like many who enter the seminary very young, he decided, after minor orders, not to proceed to priesthood.[19] He went to Coimbra in 1910 in order to study law at the University of Coimbra,[20] during the first years of the republican government. During his student years in Coimbra he developed a particular interest for finance, becoming a law graduate with distinction and specializing in finance and economic policy at the Law School.[4] In 1914, he graduated with 19 points out of 20,[21] and in the meanwhile became an assistant professor of economic policy at the Law School. In 1917, he became the regent of economic policy and finance by appointment of the professor José Alberto dos Reis. In the following year Salazar was awarded his doctorate.[22][21]

Rise to power

As a young man, his involvement in politics stemmed from his Catholic views, which were aroused by the new anti-clerical Portuguese First Republic. He became a member of a non-party Catholic movement known as the Academic Centre for Christian Democracy. He rejected the monarchists because of the doctrines of Pope Leo. He was a frequent contributor to journals[5] concerned with social studies.[23] Local press described him as “one of the most powerful minds of the new generation”.[21]

In 1921 Salazar was persuaded to stand for parliament though he did so reluctantly. He made one appearance in the chamber and never returned there. He was struck by the disorder and futileness. He was convinced that liberal individualism had led to fragmentation of society and a perversion of the democratic process.[24]

The record of the Republic between 1910 and 1926 may be summarized in facts and figures: during those sixteen years there were eight Presidents of the Republic and forty-three different Ministries. The first Government of the Republic did not last ten weeks; the longest lasted little over a year. Revolution in Portugal became a by-word in Europe. The cost of living increased twenty-fivefold, and the currency fell to one thirty-third part of its gold value. Catholic Church was relentlessly persecuted by the anti-clerical Masonry of the Republic. Terrorism and political assassination became general. Between 1920 and 1925, according to official police figures, three hundred and twenty-five bombs burst in the streets of Lisbon. The nation rose against this in May 1926.[25]

After the 28 May 1926 coup d'état, Salazar briefly joined José Mendes Cabeçadas's government as Minister of Finance. On June 11 a small group of officers drove from Lisbon up to Santa Comba Dao to persuade him to be Minister of Finance. Salazar spent five days in Lisbon. His conditions to control spending were refused, he quickly resigned, and in two hours he was on a train back to Coimbra University, explaining that since disputes and social disorder existed in the government, he could not do his work properly.[26]

Later again, he became the 81st Finance Minister on 26 April 1928, after the Ditadura Nacional was consolidated, paving the way for him to be appointed the 101st Prime Minister in 1932. He remained Finance Minister until 1940, when World War II consumed his time.

His rise to power was due to the image he was able to build as an honest and effective Finance Minister, President António Óscar Carmona's strong support, and political positioning. The authoritarian government consisted of a right-wing coalition, and Salazar was able to co-opt the moderates of each political current while fighting the extremists, using censorship and repression. The conservative Catholics were his earliest and most loyal supporters. The conservative republicans who could not be co-opted became his most dangerous opponents during the early period. They attempted several coups, but never presented a united front, so these coups were easily repressed. Never a true monarchist, Salazar nevertheless gained most of the monarchists' support, as the exiled deposed king was given a state funeral at the time of his death. The National Syndicalists were torn between supporting the regime and denouncing it as bourgeois. They were given enough symbolic concessions to win over the moderates, and the rest were repressed by the political police. They were to be silenced shortly after 1933, as Salazar attempted to prevent the rise of National Socialism in Portugal. Salazar also supported Francisco Franco and the Nationalists in their fight against the left-wing groups of the Spanish Republic. The Nationalists lacked ports early on, and Salazar's Portugal helped receive armaments shipments from abroad – including ammunition early on when certain Nationalist forces were virtually out. Because of this, "the Nationalists referred to Lisbon as 'the port of Castile.'"[27]

At the time the prevailing view was that political parties were elements of division and parliamentarism was in crisis. This led to general support, or at least tolerance, of an authoritarian regime.

In 1933, Salazar introduced a new constitution which established an anti-parliamentarian and authoritarian government that would last four decades. On paper, the new document vested sweeping, almost dictatorial powers in the hands of the president. However, Carmona had allowed Salazar more or less a free hand since appointing Salazar prime minister and continued to do so; Carmona and his successors would largely be figureheads.

Estado Novo

Required elements of primary schools during the Estado Novo: a portrait of Salazar, a crucifix and a portrait of Américo Thomaz.

The 1933 constitution, dictated by Salazar, created the New State, in theory a corporate state representing interest groups rather than individuals, with some similitudes to Mussolini’s fascism but with considerable differences in mentality. [28] Although Salazar admired Benito Mussolini he found the "pagan" elements in German nazism repugnant. Salazar wanted a system in which the people would be represented through corporations rather than through divisive parties. National interest should be given priority over sectional claims. Salazar thought that the party system had failed irrevocably in Portugal. [29]The legislature, called the National Assembly, was restricted to members of the UN, a single party. It could initiate legislation but only concerning matters that did not require government expenditures.[30] The parallel Corporative Chamber included representatives of municipalities, religious, cultural and professional groups and of the official workers' syndicates that replaced free trade unions.[30]

Salazar's regime was rigidly authoritarian. He based his political philosophy around a close interpretation of Communism. Salazar not only forbade Marxist parties, but also revolutionary fascist-syndicalist parties. The great criticism of his regime has always been that stability was bought and maintained at the expense of suppression of human rights and liberties. [30]

Salazar relied on the secret police, first the PVDE (Polícia de Vigilância e de Defesa do Estado – "State Defence and Surveillance Police") set up in 1933 and modelled on the Gestapo. The PIDE (Polícia Internacional e de Defesa do Estado) was established in 1945 and lasted until 1969. (From 1969 to 1974, under Marcelo Caetano, the Estado Novo's police were the DGS - Direcção Geral de Segurança, "General Security Directorate"). The job of the secret police was not just to protect national security in a typical modern sense but also to suppress the regime's political opponents, especially those related to the international communist movement or the USSR which was seen by the regime as a menace to Portugal. The PIDE was efficient, and it was less overtly brutal than its predecessor and the foreign police forces it was modelled after.

After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Salazar established prison camps for opponents of the Estado Novo. The Tarrafal in the Cape Verde Islands was one of them. The prisoners included Anarchists, Communists, anti-colonial agitators and guerrillas from Portugal's African colonies. Many died or were held for many years.

Salazar has traditionally been widely accused of having had a basically negative influence on the level of education and instruction in Portugal, for ideological and political reasons. Although the republican militants who took over in 1910 elected education as one of their finest banners, the evidence shows that the more democratic First Republic was substantially less successful than the authoritarian Estado Novo in expanding elementary education. Under the First Republic literacy levels in children age 7 to 14 registered a modest increase from 26% in 1911 to 33% in 1930 while under the Estado Novo it increased to 56% in 1940, 77% in 1950 and 97% in 1960.[33]

World War II


From the very beginning of World War II in 1939, Salazar was convinced that Britain would stand hurt but undefeated, that the US would step in and that the Allies would win. The American journalist Henry J. Taylor commented: "I found not another continental European leader who then agreed with him".[35]

Salazar’s dislike of the Nazi regime and its ambitions was only tempered by his view of the German Reich as a bastion against the spread of Communism. He had favoured the cause of Nationalists, fearing a Communist invasion of Portugal, yet he was uneasy at the thought of Spanish government enjoying strong ties with the Axis.[36]

Upon the declaration of war in September 1939, the Portuguese Government announced on 1 September that the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance remained intact, but since the British did not seek Portuguese assistance, Portugal would remain neutral. In an aide-mémoire of 5 September 1939 the British Government confirmed the understanding. British strategists regarded Portuguese non-belligerency as "essential to keep Spain from entering the war on the side of the Axis.[37]

Britain recognised Salazar's important role on May 15, 1940 when Douglas Veale, Registrar of the University of Oxford, informed Salazar that the University's Hebdomadal Council had "unanimously decided at its meeting last Monday, to invite you [Salazar] to accept the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law".[3]

In July 1940 Life magazine called Salazar "the greatest Portuguese since Prince Henry the Navigator" and added that "[t]he Dictator has built the Nation. Most that has been built in Portugal can be credited to Dr. Salazar… he has balanced the budget, built roads and schools, torn down slums, cut the death rate and enormously raised Portugal self-esteem. Unambitious Salazar took the dictatorship by army request and holds it by popular will. The Salazar dictatorship is easygoing and paternalistic, with wide freedom of speech allowed to his enemies… Friends of democracy may deplore Salazar the dictator but they cannot deny that under the republic Portugal made an unholy mess of itself and Salazar pulled it out."

July 1940 Salazar's decision to stick with the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance allowed the Portuguese island of Madeira to help the Allies: that month around 2,500 Gibraltar evacuees were shipped to Madeira.[38]

September 1940, Winston Churchill wrote to Salazar congratulating him on his ability to keep Portugal out of the war, asserting that "as so often before during the many centuries of the Anglo-Portuguese alliance, British and Portuguese interests are identical on this vital question".[3]

Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood, the British Ambassador in Madrid from 1940 to 1944, recognised Salazar's crucial role in keeping Iberia neutral during the war. Lord Templewood asserted that in his thirty years of political life he had met most of the leading statesmen of Europe and that he placed Salazar very high on the list of those who impressed him. Salazar was to him a learned and impressive thinker, a man part professor, part priest, part recluse of unshakable beliefs in the principles of European civilization. He regarded him as an ascetic, concentrated mind and body upon the service of his country, a man with an encyclopedic knowledge of Europe and indifferent to ostentation or luxury or personal gains. Lord Templewood strongly believed in Salazar as "being a man of one idea – the good of his country – he was convinced that the slightest step from the narrow path of neutrality would endanger the work of national regeneration to which he had devoted the whole of his public life", further adding that "Salazar detested Hitler". According to Lord Templewood the Portuguese regime was fundamentally different from Nazism and Fascism with Salazar never leaving a doubt of the desire for a Nazi defeat on his mind.[7]

Carlton Hayes, the American Ambassador in Spain during World War II, shared a similar opinion. In his book Wartime Mission in Spain Hayes wrote of Salazar: Salazar “didn't look like a regular dictator. Rather, he appeared a modest, quiet, and highly intelligent gentleman and scholar… literally dragged from a professorial chair of political economy in the venerable University of Coimbra a dozen years previously in order to straighten out Portugal's finances, and that his almost miraculous success in this respect had led to the thrusting upon him of other major functions, including those of Foreign Minister and constitution-maker." Hayes greatly appreciated Portugal's constant endeavours to draw Spain with Portugal into a really neutral Peninsular bloc, an immeasurable contribution - at a time when the British and the United States had much less influence - toward counteracting the propaganda and pleas of the Axis. Later in the same book, Hayes wrote of Portugal's role in supporting the thousands of French military refugees who tried in 1943 to get from Spain to North Africa in order to join the Allied forces there.[39]

During World War II Salazar steered Portugal down a middle path, but nevertheless provided aid to the Allies. The British Ambassador in Lisbon, Ronald Campbell, saw Salazar as fundamentally loyal to the Alliance and stated that "he [Salazar] would answer the call if it were made on grounds of dire necessity". When in August 1943 the British requested base facilities in the Azores and invoked the alliance that had existed for over 600 years between Portugal and Great Britain, Salazar responded favorably and virtually at once:[34] Portugal granted naval bases on Portuguese territory to Britain, in keeping with the traditional Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, letting them use the Azorean ports of Horta (on the island of Faial) and Ponta Delgada (on the island of São Miguel), and the airfields of Lagens Field (on Terceira Island) and Santana Field (on São Miguel Island).[34]

In November 1943 the British Ambassador in Lisbon, Sir Ronald Campbell, wrote (paraphrasing Salazar) that "strict neutrality was the price the allies paid for strategic benefits accruing from Portugal's neutrality and that if her neutrality instead of being strict had been more benevolent in our favour Spain would inevitably have thrown herself body and soul into the arms of Germany. If this had happened the Peninsula would have been occupied and then North Africa, with the result that the whole course of the war would have been altered to the advantage of the Axis."[40]

From November 1943, when the British gained the use of the Azores, to June 1945, 8,689 U.S. aircraft departed from Lajes base in the Azores, including 1,200 B-17 and B-24 bomber aircraft ferried across the Atlantic. Cargo aircraft carried vital personnel and equipment to North Africa, to the United Kingdom and - after the Allies gained a foothold in Western Europe - to Orly Field near Paris. Flights returning from Europe carried wounded servicemen. Medical personnel at Lajes, Azores, handled approximately 30,000 air evacuations en route to the United States for medical care and rehabilitation.

By using Lajes Field in the Azores it was possible to reduce flying time between the United States and North Africa from 70 hours to 40 hours. This considerable reduction in flying hours enabled aircraft to make almost twice as many crossings per month between the United States and North Africa and demonstrated clearly the geographic value of the Azores during the war.


Portugal's Nationalism was not grounded on race or biology. In 1934 Salazar made it clear that Portuguese Nationalism did not include pagan anti-human ideals that glorified a race, and in 1937, he published a book where he criticized the ideals behind the Nuremberg laws[41] and in 1938 he sent a telegram to the Portuguese Embassy in Berlin ordering that it should be made clear to the German Reich that Portuguese law did not allow any distinction based on race and therefore Portuguese Jewish citizens could not be discriminated against.[42]

In 1937, Adolfo Benarus, Honorary Chairman of COMASSIS[6] and a leader of the Lisbon’s Jewish Community, published a book wherein he rejoiced with the fact that there was no anti-Semitism in Portugal.[43] In 2011, Yad Vashem historian Avraham Milgram said that modern anti-Semitism failed "to establish even a toehold in Portugal"[44] while it grew racist and virulent elsewhere in early twentieth-century Europe.

Portugal, particularly Lisbon, was one of the last European exit points to the U.S.,[7] and a huge number of refugees found shelter in Portugal, some of them with help from the Portuguese consul general in Bordeaux,

Political offices
Preceded by
Domingos Oliveira
Prime Minister of Portugal
Succeeded by
Marcelo Caetano
Preceded by
António Óscar Carmona
President of Portugal

Succeeded by
Craveiro Lopes

External links

  • Coelho, Eduardo Coelho; António Macieira (1995). Salazar, o fim e a morte: história de uma mistificação ; inclui os textos inéditos do Prof. Eduardo Coelho "Salazar e o seu médico" e "Salazar visto pelo seu médico" (1. ed. ed.). Lisboa: Publ. Dom Quixote.  

In Portuguese

  • West, S. George. "The Present Situation in Portugal," International Affairs (1938) 17#2 pp. 211–232 in JSTOR

In English

Further reading

  • Pereira, Pedro Teotónio (1987). Correspondência de Pedro Teotónio Pereira Oliveira Salazar (in Portuguese). Presidência do Conselho de Ministros. Comissão do Livro Negro sobre o Regime Fascista. 
  • Pimentel, Irene; Ninhos, Claudia (2013). Salazar, Portugal e o Holocausto (in Portuguese). Lisbon. p. 908.  
  • Wheeler, Douglas L. (1983). "In the Service of Order: The Portuguese Political Police and the British, German and Spanish Intelligence, 1932-1945". Journal of Contemporary History (Sage Publications, Ltd.) 18 (1): 1–25.  
  • Meneses, Filipe. Salazar: A Political Biography. Enigma Books. pp. 76 and 77. 
A mocidade e os princípios, 1889–1928 (3. ed. com estudo prévio pelo Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão) 1 (3a ed. ed.). Porto [Portugal]: Civilização Editora. 2000 [1977].  
Os tempos áureos, 1928–1936 (2. ed.) 2. Porto: Livraria Civilização. 1977.  
As grandes crises, 1936–1945 3 (5a ed. ed.). Porto: Livraria Civilização. 1978.  
O ataque, 1945–1958 4 (4a ed. ed.). Porto: Livraria Civilização. 1980.  
A resistência, 1958–1964 5 (4. ed. ed.). Porto: Livraria Civilização. 1984.  
O último combate (1964–1970) 6. Porto [Portugal]: Civilização Editora. 1985. 
  • Egerton, F. Clement C. Egerton (1943). Salazar, Rebuilder of Portugal. London: Hodder & Stoughton. 
  • Kay, Hugh (1970). Salazar and Modern Portugal. NY, USA: Hawthorn Books. 
  • Leite, Joaquim da Costa (1998). "Neutrality by Agreement: Portugal and the British Alliance in World War II" 14 (1). American University International Law Review. pp. 185–199. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  • Lochery, Neill (2011). Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945. United States: PublicAffairs; 1 edition. p. 345.  
  • Meneses, Filipe (2009). Salazar: A Political Biography. Enigma Books; 1 edition. p. 544.  
  • Milgram, Avraham (2011). Portugal, Salazar, and the Jews. Yad Vashem. p. 324.  
  • Milgram, Avraham (1999). "Portugal, the Consuls, and the Jewish Refugees,1938-1941". XXVII. Shoah Resource Center, The International School for Holocaust Studies. pp. 123–156. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  • Nogueira, Franco (1977–1985), Salazar: estudo biográfico, 6 vol.


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  2. ^ a b "Portugal: The War Has Made It Europe's Front Door".  
  3. ^ a b c Meneses 2009, p. 240.
  4. ^ "Oxford In Portugal 1941". British Pathé. 1941. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Kay 1970, p. 68.
  6. ^ Lochery 2011, pp. 14-15.
  7. ^ a b Hoare 1946, pp. 124-125.
  8. ^ Hayes 1945, p. 36.
  9. ^ Derrick 1938.
  10. ^ Egerton 1943.
  11. ^ a b (Portuguese) Grandes Portugueses – Entender Salazar e o Estado Novo on YouTube., Jaime Nogueira Pinto in the The Greatest Portuguese
  12. ^ a b História de Portugal. A luta de facções entre os salazaristas "Até os americanos já o tinham abandonado, temendo "recriar o caos que existia em Portugal antes de Salazar tomar o poder".", from História de Portugal (2009), Rui Ramos, Bernardo de Vasconcelos e Sousa, and Nuno Gonçalo Monteiro, Esfera dos Livros, cited in
  13. ^ Saraiva, Antonio Jose, Jornal “Expresso” de 22 de Abril de 1989. In the original: “Salazar foi, sem dúvida, um dos homens mais notáveis da História de Portugal e possuía uma qualidade que os homens notáveis nem sempre possuem: a recta intenção.”
  14. ^ "Historian Stanley Payne on Fernando Rosas works and Anne Pitcher’s works". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Mattoso, José; Rosas, Fernando (1994). História de Portugal: o Estado Novo (in Portuguese) VII. Lisbon: Estampa. p. 474.  
  16. ^ [1] Technically correct poll made by the TV station RTP and Eurosondagem, following the victory of Salazar in its TV Show "Os Grandes portugueses", at
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  18. ^ Meneses 2009, p. 12.
  19. ^ a b Kay 1970, p. 11.
  20. ^ Kay 1970, p. 12.
  21. ^ a b c Kay 1970, p. 24.
  22. ^ (Portuguese) António de Oliveira Salazar, HistóriaDePortugalinfo
  23. ^ a b Kay 1970, p. 23.
  24. ^ Kay 1970, p. 32.
  25. ^ Derrick 1938, pp. 38-44.
  26. ^ Kay 1970, p. 38.
  27. ^ Beevor, Antony. The Spanish Civil War. p. 97. ISBN 0-911745-11-4
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  29. ^ Kay 1970, p. 53.
  30. ^ a b c Kay 1970, p. 55.
  31. ^ Meneses 2009, p. 162.
  32. ^ a b Kay 1970, p. 63.
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  34. ^ a b c Kay 1970, pp. 123.
  35. ^ Henry Jay Taylor, Milwaukee Sentinel, 2 October 1968, as cited in [34]
  36. ^ Kay 1970, pp. 121-122.
  37. ^ a b Leite 1998, pp. 185-199.
  38. ^ Mascarenhas, Alice (9 January 2013). "Madeira Gold Medal of Merit for Louis". Gibraltar Chronicle The Independent Daily. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  39. ^ Hayes 1945, p. 119.
  40. ^ Leite, "Document 2: Telegram From Sir Ronald Campbell
  41. ^ Salazar, António de Oliveira – “Como se Levanta um Estado”, ISBN 9789899537705
  42. ^ Dez anos de Politica Externa, Vol 1, pag 137. Edicao Imprensa Nacional 1961
  43. ^ Benarus, Adolfo – “O Antisemitismo” - 1937 ( Lisboa : Sociedade Nacional de Tipografia)
  44. ^ Milgram 2011, p. 11.
  45. ^ [2] Words of Remembrance by one of his sons, Luis Felipe], at
  46. ^ Portuguese Diplomatic Yearbook, 1954
  47. ^ Afonso p. 257
  48. ^ Several secondary and primary published sources mention that Mendes was receiving a salary. Secondary: Afonso p.257, Lochery p. 49, Wheeler p.128, and Primary: a) Sousa Mendes Personal File, online archive, Portuguese Ministry of Finance b) A letter that Sousa Mendes wrote to the Portuguese Bar Association, Ordem dos Advogados - Secretaria do Conselho Geral, Lisboa, Cota - Processo nº 10/1931 Date 1946.04.29 where he says that he is receiving a monthly salary of 1,593 Portuguese Escudos. Fralon also mentions that in 1950 Mendes wrote to his twin saying the following “Pedro Nuno [his son], Maria Adelaide [his daughter in law] and their children [his grand-children] are in financial straits. My salary has been used up to pay for their outings” p. 133.
  49. ^ Milgram 2011, p. 89.
  50. ^ Milgram 2011, p. 264.
  51. ^ The Price of Neutrality: Portugal, the Wolfram Question, and World War II Douglas L. Wheeler Luso-Brazilian Review Vol. 23, No. 1 (Summer, 1986), pp. 107-127 Published by: University of Wisconsin Press Article Stable URL:
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  53. ^ Spared Lives, The Action of Three Portuguese Diplomats in World War II – Documentary e-book edited by the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation
  54. ^ Neil Lochery estimates a high end number of one million
  55. ^ Sobral, Claudia (2013). "Depois da guerra, o paraíso era Portugal" [After the war the paradise was Portugal]. Público (in Portuguese) (Portugal). Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  56. ^ "Goa and the Indian Union". Foreign Affairs. 1 Apr 1956. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  57. ^ Bravo, Philip (1998). "The Case of Goa: History, Rhetoric and Nationalism". Past Imperfect (University of Alberta) 7. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  58. ^ a b Kay 1970, p. 305.
  59. ^ "Ancient Goan History - GOACOM - GOA - INDIA - INFORMATION AND SERVICES IN GOA. Goa News, Goa Konkani News, Goa Sunaparant News, Goan Konakani News, Goa Video News, Goa Yellow Pages". GOACOM. 1916-04-04. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  60. ^ "India, Portugal, Indian, Page 18659". Keesing's Record of World Events. March 1962. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  61. ^ Kay 1970, p. 326.
  62. ^ (Portuguese) Oliveira Salazar, "Salazar é assim novamente convidado a integrar o Governo, mas, desta feita, impõe as suas condições: por um lado, e como técnico de Finanças, exige o exame de todas as iniciativas que impliquem receitas e despesas", Infopédia (Porto Editora)
  63. ^ a b Derrick 1938, p. 39.
  64. ^ Mattoso, José; Rosas, Fernando (1994). História de Portugal: o Estado Novo (in Portuguese) VII. Lisbon: Estampa. p. 251.  
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  66. ^ [Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation, Juan José Linz,M1]
  67. ^ [3], Joaquim da Costa Leite (Aveiro University) – Instituições, Gestão e Crescimento Económico: Portugal, 1950–1973
  68. ^ (Portuguese) Fundação da SEDES – As primeiras motivações, "Nos anos 60 e até 1973 teve lugar, provavelmente, o mais rápido período de crescimento económico da nossa História, traduzido na industrialização, na expansão do turismo, no comércio com a EFTA, no desenvolvimento dos sectores financeiros, investimento estrangeiro e grandes projectos de infra-estruturas. Em consequência, os indicadores de rendimentos e consumo acompanham essa evolução, reforçados ainda pelas remessas de emigrantes.", SEDES
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  70. ^  
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  72. ^ (Portuguese) Agência Lusa, Único atentado contra o ditador Oliveira Salazar foi há 70 anos, in
  73. ^ "Salazar fell in a bathtub, not from a chair" (Portuguese language)
  74. ^ Meneses, Filipe de. Salazar: A Political Biography. pp. 608–609. ISBN 978-1-929631-90-2
  75. ^ Maxwell, Kenneth (1986) “Regime Overthrow and the Prospects for Democratic Transition in Portugal” in Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Prospects for Democracy, ed. Guillermo O’Donnell, Philippe C. Schmitter, and Laurence Whitehead (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins), p. 113
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See also

  1. ^ The Estado Novo regime was described by socialist author David L. Raby as a far-right leaning regime of para-fascist inspiration.[1]
  2. ^ Before WWII, Salazar declared: "We are opposed to all forms of Internationalism, Communism, Socialism, Syndicalism and everything that may divide or minimize, or break up the family. We are against class warfare, irreligion and disloyalty to one’s country; against serfdom, a materialistic conception of life, and might over right". Salazar criticized Fascist dictatorship that according to his opinion was leaning towards pagan Caesarism and towards a new state which recognized no limitations of legal moral order.[5]
  3. ^ For additional similar descriptions of Salazar as a scholar, hard worker, austere, devoted to his country, etc. see [9] [10]
  4. ^ Salazar was not an economist, economics in its modern sense was a relatively new academic discipline in Portugal and was not taught at the time as an independent field in the University of Coimbra (the first pure Portuguese university degree in economics was created in 1949 by the modern-day ISEG/UTL; the University of Coimbra founded its own autonomous School of Economics (FEUC) just in 1972.
  5. ^ Especially the weekly “O Imparcial” directed by his friend and later Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira.[23]
  6. ^ Portuguese Committee for the Assistance of Jewish Refugees in Portugal (COMASSIS), which was led by Augusto d´Esaguy and Elias Baruel, and had Moses Amzalak and Adolfo Benarus as its honorary chairmen.
  7. ^ In one of the most memorable movie scenes of all times star-crossed Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman part as he sends her off into the foggy night to join her husband on a flight from Casablanca. Bogart (Rick) sacrifices the life they might have had together to ensure her safety. Where were Ingrid Bergman and husband headed? It was Lisbon.

Explanatory notes

The brand "Salazar - Fatherland's Workman" (Salazar - O Obreiro da Pátria) is registered and runs the website, an archive of various documents related to Salazar.

A wine brand called "Lands of Salazar" (Terras de Salazar) was approved in 2011 by the national institute. It never reached the market due to the owner's economic troubles.[85] In 2012, the City Council of Salazar's hometown Santa Comba Dão announced a brand called "Memories of Salazar" for a range of regional products, notably wine. It was rejected by the same institute for offensiveness and the possibility of public disorder. The Mayor claimed the refusal was ridiculous and will not give up or drop the name "Salazar" from future brand name proposals. He is considering submitting "Vineyards of Salazar", as "memories" of the regime could be one reason to add to the refusal.[86]

In popular culture Salazar's Cake (Bolo de Salazar) is the name given to a cake that Salazar used to eat sometimes. It is cheap and simple, perhaps with similarities to sponge cake.

The "Bridge across the Tagus" connecting Lisbon to Almada was named Bridge Salazar upon completion. Built by Estado Novo 6 months ahead of schedule and under budget, it was the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest outside of USA. It was then renamed "25th of April Bridge". Stadium Salazar, a noteworthy multi-purpose stadium built in Mozambique during Estado Novo, was named after Salazar. With 1975's new government it started to degrade. It was renamed Stadium of Machava.[83] Many places across the country (streets, avenues, squares) were named after Salazar. They were renamed since 1974, specially in district capitals. Around 20 localities still reference Salazar today.[84] There are also some azulejos with quotes of Salazar.

He also received several other similar distinctions from countries including France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Romania and Spain.[81][82]

Salazar was made member of the following Portuguese Orders.[79]

Awards and honours

The Estado Novo regime has been described by the American socialist author David L. Raby as a far-right leaning regime of para-fascist inspiration, although general labeling of Portugal as "fascist" declined after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy in World War II, in which Portugal remained strictly neutral.[1] According to some Portuguese right leaning or conservative scholars like Jaime Nogueira Pinto[11] and Rui Ramos,[12] his early reforms and policies allowed political and financial stability and therefore social order and economic growth, after the politically unstable and financially chaotic years of the Portuguese First Republic (1910–1926). Other historians, like leftist politician Fernando Rosas, claim that Salazar's policies from the 1930s to the 1950s led to economic and social stagnation and rampant emigration, turning Portugal into one of the poorest countries in Europe, one that was also thwarted by scoring lower on literacy than its peers of the Northern Hemisphere.[78]

Critics and interpretation

The retreat from the colonies and the acceptance of their independence terms which would create newly independent communist states in 1975 (most notably the People's Republic of Angola and the People's Republic of Mozambique), which promptly started to expel all white Portuguese citizens from the nearly-independent Portugal's African territories (mostly from Portuguese Angola and Mozambique),[76][77] created over a million destitute Portuguese refugees — the retornados.

After the carnation revolution the country lived a turbulent period of provisional governments and a near disintegrated state. Historian Kenneth Maxwell considers that on many accounts Portugal was closer to Nicaragua than it was to any other South American transition.[75]

After Salazar's death, his Estado Novo regime persisted under the direction of Thomaz as well as his successor and longtime aide, Marcelo Caetano, who co-wrote the Constitution of 1933. Despite tentative overtures towards an opening of the regime, Caetano balked at ending the colonial war, notwithstanding the condemnation of most of the international community. Eventually the Estado Novo fell on 25 April 1974, after the Carnation Revolution.

Post-Salazar Portugal

In 1968, Salazar suffered a brain hemorrhage. Most sources maintain that it occurred when he fell from a chair in his summer house. In February 2009 though, there were anonymous witnesses who confessed, after some research about Salazar's best-kept secrets, that he had fallen in a bath instead of from a chair.[73] As he was expected to die shortly after his fall, President Thomaz replaced him with Marcello Caetano. Despite the injury, Salazar lived for a further two years. When he unexpectedly recovered lucidity, his intimates did not tell him he had been removed from power, instead allowing him to "rule" in privacy until his death in July 1970.[74] Tens of thousands paid their last respects at the funeral and the Requiem Mass that took place at the Jerónimos Monastery and at the passage of the special train that carried the coffin to his hometown of Vimieiro near Santa Comba Dão, where he was buried according to his wishes in his native soil, in a plain ordinary grave. As a symbolic display of his views of Portugal and the colonial empire, there is well-known footage of several members of the "Mocidade Portuguesa," of both African and European ethnicity, paying homage at his funeral.


On 4 July 1937, Salazar was on his way to Mass at a private chapel in a friend's house in the Barbosa du Bocage Avenue in Lisbon. As he stepped out of the car, a Buick, a bomb exploded only 3 metres away (the bomb had been hidden in an iron case). The bomb-blast left Salazar untouched, but his chauffeur was rendered deaf. The bishops argued in a collective letter in 1938, that it was an "act of God" that had preserved Salazar's life in this attempted assassination. Emídio Santana was the anarcho-syndicalist, founder of the Metallurgists National Union (Sindicato Nacional dos Metalúrgicos), behind the assassination attempt. The official car was replaced by an armoured Chrysler Imperial.[72]

Assassination attempt

The relationship of Salazar with some sectors of the Catholic Church, more in accordance with the social doctrine of the Holy See, worsened after World War II. Some prominent oppositionist priests, like Abel Varzim and Joaquim Alves Correia, openly supported the MUD in 1945 and the granting of more social rights to the workers. Abel Varzim, who had been a supporter of the regime, had his newspaper closed, while Joaquim Alves Correia was forced into exile in the United States, where he died in 1951. The Democratic Opposition main candidate in the 1958 Presidential Elections, General Humberto Delgado was a Roman Catholic and a dissident of the regime, who quoted Pope Pius XII to show how the social policies of the regime were against the social teachings of the Church. The same year, Salazar suffered a severe blow from the bishop of Porto, Dom António Ferreira Gomes, who wrote a critical letter to the Council President in July 1958 being forced to exile for 10 years. After the Second Vatican Council, a large number of Catholics became active in the Democratic Opposition.

On 13 May 1938, when the bishops of Portugal fulfilled their vow and renewed the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cardinal Cerejeira acknowledged publicly that Our Lady of Fatima had "spared Portugal the scourge of Communism". After Portugal avoided the devastation of both the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War, Salazar's propaganda machine and the Catholic Church also connected this to a miraculous dimension which made them profit from the Catholic fervor of the masses. The Cristo-Rei, a Catholic monument in Almada, was inaugurated on 17 May 1959 by Salazar. Its construction was approved by a Portuguese Episcopate conference, held in Fátima on 20 April 1940, as a plea to God to prevent Portugal from entering World War II. However, the idea had originated on a visit by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro in 1934, soon after the inauguration of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in 1931.

Salazar's goal was to establish a Catholic Social Order even in a nominally secular state. To Salazar, a Catholic Portugal would be a strong contrast to the atheistic communism he so greatly opposed. In this process, Salazar dissolved Freemasonry in Portugal in 1935. He permitted the Catholic religion to be taught in all schools, not just parochial schools (however, non-Catholic parents who did not wish their children to receive this instruction could have their children removed from these classes); but throughout Portugal, the Catholic education of the youth was greatly favoured. Another policy at this time was Salazar's legislation on marriage which read “The Portuguese state recognizes the civil effects of marriages celebrated according to canonical laws.” He then initiated into this legislation articles which frowned upon divorce. Article 24 reads, “In harmony with the essential properties of Catholic marriages, it is understood that by the very fact of the celebration of a canonical marriage, the spouses renounce the legal right to ask for a divorce.” Divorce was allowed only if it had been a purely civil marriage. The effect of this law was that the number of Catholic marriages went up, so that by 1960 nearly 91 percent of all marriages in the country were canonical marriages.

Lateral view of Cristo-Rei, Almada.

Catholic Church

Salazar was a close friend of Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith: after Rhodesia proclaimed its Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Britain, Portugal – though not officially recognizing the new Rhodesian state – supported Rhodesia economically and militarily through the neighbouring Portuguese colony of Mozambique until 1975, when FRELIMO took over Mozambique after negotiations with the new Portuguese regime which had taken over after the Carnation Revolution. Ian Smith later wrote in his The Great Betrayal that had Salazar lasted longer than he did, the Rhodesian government would have survived to the present day, ruled by a moderate black majority government under the name of 'Zimbabwe-Rhodesia'.[69]

In order to support his colonial policies, Salazar adopted Gilberto Freyre's notion of Lusotropicalism, maintaining that since Portugal had been a multicultural, multiracial and pluricontinental nation since the 15th century, if the country were to be dismembered by losing its overseas territories, that would spell the end for Portuguese independence.[71] In geopolitical terms, no critical mass would then be available to guarantee self-sufficiency to the Portuguese State. Salazar had strongly resisted Freyre's ideas throughout the 1930s, partly because Freyre claimed the Portuguese were more prone than other European nations to miscegenation, and only adopted Lusotropicalism after sponsoring Freyre on a visit to Portugal and its colonies in 1951-2. Freyre's work "Aventura e Rotina" was a result of this trip.

In this particular case, with the exception of the Portuguese Communist Party that was backed up by the Soviet Union, most of Salazar’s political opponents also favored colonialist policies. Such were the cases of Joao Lopes Soares (father of Mario Soares) who had been minister of colonies and also General Norton de Matos, the leader of the opposition supported by Mario Soares. Norton de Matos, who had been governor-general of Angola during the First Republic, in 1953, published a book titled “Africa Nossa” (Our Africa) where he defended colonialist policies far more aggressive than those of Salazar and supported the idea of massive territorial occupation by Portuguese white settlers.[70]

His reluctance to travel abroad, his increasing determination not to grant independence to the colonies and to stand against the "winds of change" announced by the British in their move to give up their major colonies, and his refusal to grasp the impossibility of his regime outliving him, marked the final years of his tenure. "Proudly alone" was the motto of his final decade. For the Portuguese ruling regime, the overseas empire was a matter of national identity.[69]

Portuguese overseas territories in Africa during the Estado Novo regime (1933–1974): Angola and Mozambique were by far the two largest of those territories.

Colonial views

Since the fall of the Estado Novo in 1974 and until 2014, Portugal experienced twenty five governments in just forty years of democracy. After the forty years of unusual financial stability during the Estado Novo the Portuguese economy experienced again budget problems, external debt problems and financial turmoil. Since the carnation revolution Portugal has had three economic programs that were supported financially by the IMF. In 1977-78, Portugal requested assistance to mitigate deficits and sharp increases in unemployment. In 1983, Portugal requested again IMF support to cope with a recession, high interest rates abroad, trade imbalances, and high deficits. In 2009 Portugal's budget deficit hit a record 9.3 percent of GDP and as a result in In 2011 Portuguese economy collapsed sparking a sharp rise in borrowing costs which forced Lisbon to seek a bailout. Portugal then agreed a three-year, 78-billion-euro ($116 billion) bailout with the European Union and IMF. In 2013 Portugal recorded an all time high Government Debt to GDP of 129 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product.

The slowing down of economic growth that followed is attributed to the aftermath of the revolution that ended the dictatorship, in 1974, and the nationalization spree in 1975.

Portuguese economic growth in the period 1960–1973 under the Estado Novo regime (and even with the effects of an expensive war effort in African territories against independence guerrilla groups), created an opportunity for real integration with the developed economies of Western Europe. In 1960 Portugal's per capita GDP was only 38 percent of the European Community (EC-12) average; by the end of the Salazar period, in 1968, it had risen to 48 percent; and in 1973, under the leadership of [67][68]

From 1950 until Salazar's death, Portugal saw its GDP per capita rise at an average rate of 5.66% per year. In 1960 Portugal formally joined EFTA marking the initiation of Salazar's more outward-looking economic policy due to the influence of a new generation of technocrats with a background in economics and technical-industrial know-how. Portuguese membership of EFTA was a natural consequence of its presence from the very outset in the OEEC. Portugal’s participation in EFTA is regarded as highly satisfactory at virtually all levels. Portuguese foreign trade increased by 52% in exports and 40% in imports. The economic growth and levels of capital formation in the 1960-73 were characterized by an unparalleled robust annual growth rates for GDP (6.9 percent), industrial production (9 percent), private consumption (6.5 percent), and gross fixed capital formation (7.8 percent).[15]

In July 1940, Life Magazine called Salazar "the greatest Portuguese since Prince Henry the Navigator". Life Magazine said that: "The Dictator has built the Nation. Most that has been built in Portugal can be credited to Dr. Salazar… he has balanced the budget, built roads and schools, torn down slums, cut the death rate and enormously raised Portugal self-esteem. Unambitious Salazar took the dictatorship by army request and holds it by popular will. The Salazar dictatorship is easygoing and paternalistic, with wide freedom of speech allowed to his enemies… Friends of democracy may deplore Salazar the dictator but they cannot deny that under the republic Portugal made an unholy mess of itself and Salazar pulled it out."

After Salazar became Prime Minister, he instituted numerous taxes in order to balance the Portuguese budget and pay off external debts. The first era of Salazar's rule was marked by an economic program based on the policies of autarky and interventionism, which were popular in the 1930s as a response to the Great Depression.[64] Under Salazar the Portuguese budget went from insolvency to showing a substantial surplus every year from 1928. Portugal’s credit worthiness rose in foreign markets; the external floating debt was completely paid off. In March 1935 Times Magazine asserted that "it is impossible to deny that the economic improvement recorded in Portugal since 1928 is not only without parallel anywhere else in the world, but is an achievement for which history can show but few precedents".[63] Economically Salazar's first years were marked by the great depression and the world war and despite Salazar's best efforts, and despite a 3% average growth between 1928 and 1938,[65] Portugal remained largely underdeveloped and its population relatively poor and with low education attainment when compared to the rest of Europe.

After the chaotic years of the Portuguese First Republic, financial stability was Salazar's highest priority.[62] His first incursions into Portuguese politics as a member of the cabinet were during the Ditadura Nacional, when Portugal's public finances and the economy in general were in a dreadful mess due to the continuous state of imminent default since at least the 1890s.[2][63]

Salazar (centre, with glasses) observing Edgar Cardoso's Santa Clara Bridge maquette in Coimbra.

Economic policies

At home, Salazar's regime remained unmistakably authoritarian. He was able to hold onto power with reminders of the instability that had characterized Portuguese political life before 1926. However, by the 1950s, a new generation emerged which had no collective memory of this instability. The clearest sign of this came in the 1958 presidential election. Most neutral observers believed the democratic opposition's candidate, Humberto Delgado, would have defeated the regime's candidate, Americo Thomaz, had the election been conducted fairly. Delgado had let it be known that if elected, he would dismiss Salazar; the president's power to dismiss the prime minister was theoretically the only check on Salazar's power. Salazar was frightened enough to transfer election of the president to the legislature, which was firmly under his control. In the 1960s, Salazar's opposition to decolonization and gradual freedom of the press created friction with the Franco dictatorship.

After Goa, Salazar had to face problems in Africa. In the 1960s, armed revolutionary movements and scattered guerrilla activity had reached Mozambique, Angola, and Portuguese Guinea. Except in Portuguese Guinea, the Portuguese army and naval forces were able to effectively suppress most of these insurgencies through a well-planned counter-insurgency campaign using light infantry, militia, and special operations forces. Most of the world ostracized the Portuguese government because of its colonial policy, especially the newly independent African nations.

Adlai Stevenson, the American Ambassador to the United Nations,spoke as follows: “we are confronted by the shocking news that the Indian Minister of Defence Mr. Krishna Menon, so well known in these halls for his advice on peace and his tireless enjoinders to everyone else to seek the way of compromise, was on the borders of Goa inspecting his troops at the zero hour of invasion.” Stevenson further accused India of violation of one of the most basic principles of the U.N. Charter, stated in Article 2. On the other hand Valerian Zorin, the Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations, maintained that the Goan question was wholly within India's domestic jurisdiction and could not be considered by the security Council.[60] The integration of Goa could only reduce the local standards of living. During the years that followed complaints poured out of Goa. There were wholesale confiscations of land, journalists were under pressure, the cost of living double within three years. [61] In January 1967 when the only opinion poll in the country was held in Goa by the Indian government, Goans overwhelmingly decided against the merger of Goa into Maharashtra and it eventually became the 25th independent state of India on 30 May 1987. In 2014 Goa was ranked as the richest state in India with a per capita income of almost three times that of the average for the country as a whole.

Statements deploring India's resort to force in Goa, Daman, and Diu were made by governmental leaders and official spokesmen in many countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Western Germany. On the other hand, full support for the Indian action was expressed by the Soviet Union and all Soviet-bloc countries, Yugoslavia, the Arab States, Ghana, Ceylon, and Indonesia.

With an Indian military operation imminent, Salazar ordered Governor General Manuel António Vassalo e Silva to fight until the last man, and adopt a scorched earth policy.[59] Eventually, India launched Operation Vijay in December 1961 to evict Portugal from Goa, Daman and Diu. 31 Portuguese soldiers were killed in action and a Portuguese Navy frigate NRP Alfonso de Albuquerque was destroyed, before General Vassalo e Silva surrendered. Salazar forced the General into exile for disobeying his order to fight to the last man and surrendering to the Indian Army.

Throughout the debate between Salazar and Nehru, Goans seem to have been apathetic to either position.[57] and there were no signs in Goa of discontentment with the Portuguese regime.[58] Reports from “Times” correspondent suggested that not only were the residents of Goa unexcited with the prospects of Indian sovereignty, but that even the diaspora was less enthusiastic than the Indian government was prone to suggest. [58]

On the other hand Salazar argued that despite Goa's location and Portugal's political system, it was a province of Portugal as integral to his nation as the Algarve. Salazar further argued that Goans do not anywhere consider or call themselves Indians but Portuguese of Goa; Goans were represented in the Portuguese legislature and some even served in the Portuguese cabinet; Goans had become ministers, provincial governors and ambassadors, they had risen to the top of Portugues universities, they were citizens of Portugal. The Goans had Portuguese citizenship with all rights, having access to all posts, carrying out all functions and earning their living throughout the Portuguese territory. Salazar also asserted that to confer on the Indian Union the political representation of the geographic expression, India, is to undermine the very basis of the independent existence of Pakistan, if not of Ceylon and Burma, for all of these states could then be held to be illegitimate incrustations in the territory of the Union.[56]

The Indian possessions were the first to be lost in 1961. After India gained independence on 15 August 1947, the British and the French vacated their colonial possessions in India. Soon after India’s independence, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru initiated moves for a diplomatic solution to the Goa case. The Portuguese had been in Goa for 451 years, since 1510, while independent India had only just been established. Nehru argued that the Goans were Indians by every standard and Goa was a colony ruthlessly administered by a racist, fascist and colonial regime, “just a pimple on the face of India”, in Nehru’s famous phrase.

Throughout the 1950s, Salazar maintained the same import substitution approach to economic policy that had ensured Portugal's neutral status during World War II. The rise of the "new technocrats" in the early 1960s, however, led to a new period of economic opening up, with Portugal as an attractive country for international investment. Industrial development and economic growth would continue all throughout the 1960s. During Salazar's tenure, Portugal also participated in the founding of OECD and EFTA.

Salazar wanted Portugal to be relevant internationally, and the country's overseas colonies made this possible, while Salazar himself refused to be overawed by the Americans. Portugal was the only non-democracy among the founding members of NATO in 1949, which reflected Portugal's role as an ally against communism during the Cold War. Portugal was offered help from the Marshall Plan because of the aid it gave to the Allies during the final stages of World War II; aid it initially refused but eventually accepted.

The overseas provinces were a continual source of trouble and wealth for Portugal, especially during the Portuguese Colonial War. Portugal became increasingly isolated on the world stage as other European nations with African colonies gradually granted them independence.

The colonies were in disarray after the war. In 1945, Portugal had an extensive colonial Empire, including Cape Verde Islands, São Tomé e Príncipe, Angola (including Cabinda), Portuguese Guinea, and Mozambique in Africa; Goa, Damão (including Dadra and Nagar Haveli), and Diu in India (the Portuguese India); Macau in China; and Portuguese Timor in Southeast Asia. Salazar, a fierce integralist, was determined to retain control of Portugal's colonies.

Portugal did not experience the same levels of international isolation as its Spanish neighbor following the Second World War. Its status as a founder member of NATO and participant within other international organizations, such as the European Organization for Economic Co-operation (EOEC) and the European Payments Union (EPU), and its receipt of Marshall Plan funds are all examples of the country’s international acceptance.

Portuguese soldiers on patrol in Angola.

Post-war Portugal

After the war Portugal kept on welcoming and supporting war refugees. Perhaps the most touching story is the one of 5,500 Austrian children,[55] most of them orphans, that in 1948, in an operation organized by Caritas Portugal, were transported by train from Vienna to Lisbon and were then distributed by Portuguese families all over the country.

In essence, Portugal remained neutral within the overall objectives of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance; and this modest but complex role made it possible for Portugal to contribute to the rescue of a large number of refugees.[37]

The number of refugees who escaped through Portugal during the war has been estimated to range from a few hundred thousand to one million, impressive numbers considering the size of the country’s population at that time (circa 6 million).[54]

Large numbers of political dissidents, including Abwehr personnel after the 20 July plot of 1944, sought refuge in Portugal. Until late 1942 immigration was very restricted; in those cases where there were fears that the refugees would not be just in transit and would settle in Portugal the consulates would need to get a previous authorization from Lisbon. Such were the cases of: foreigners of indefinite or contested nationality; the stateless; Russians; or Jews expelled from their countries of origin.[53] All those refugees in transit through Lisbon on their way to the Americas were allowed to use the country as an escape route.

The main reason for the neutrality of Portugal in World War II was strategic. The country still held overseas territories that, due to its poor economic development, could not adequately defend from military attack. Siding with the Axis would have drawn Portugal to a conflict against Britain, whose result would have been the loss of its colonies; siding with the Allies might have risked the mainland. As the price to pay to keep Neutrality, Portugal continued to export tungsten and other goods to both the Axis (partly via Switzerland) and Allied countries.[51][52]

Other Portuguese who deserve further credit for saving Jews during the war are Professor Francisco Paula Leite Pinto and Moisés Bensabat Amzalak. A devoted Jew, and a Salazar supporter, Amzalak headed the Lisbon Jewish community for more than fifty years (from 1926 until 1978).

Sousa Mendes' actions were far from unique. Issuing visas in contravention of instructions was widespread at Portuguese consulates all over Europe.[49]On the other hand some cases were supported by Salazar. The Portuguese Ambassador in Budapest, Carlos Sampaio Garrido helped an estimated 1,000 Hungarian Jews in 1944. Along with Carlos de Liz-Texeira Branquinho, they rented houses and apartments to shelter and protect refugees from deportation and murder. On April 28, 1944 the Hungarian Gestapo raided the Ambassador's home, arresting his guests. The Ambassador, who physically resisted the police, was also arrested, but managed to have his guests released on the grounds of extraterritoriality of diplomatic legations.[50] In 2010 Garrido was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

[48] When he died, in 1954 he was receiving a monthly salary of 2,300 Portuguese Escudos.[47]

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