Giles MacDonogh

He Hated Jesuits And He Hated The English

Pombal: Paradox Of The Enlightenment


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The Marquedse Pombal was without doubt one of the most important figures of the eighteenth century. As a mere minister, he set out to reform Portugal in a way only achieved elsewhere by powerful monarchs such as Joseph II of Austria or Frederick the Great of Prussia. He has been called the Portuguese Colbert, but comparisons with Bismarck also spring to mind.

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