World Affairs Discussion Event on History of Portugal

Topic:  Rise and Decline of a Global Empire: Portugal’s Remarkable DobsonHistory

Speaker:  Dr. John Dobson

Location: Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

Time:  Doors open and evening refreshments served at 5:00 p.m.; Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members and Guests


Attendees of this lecture who register for the World Heritage Tour to Portugal will receive a credit equal to the cost of the lecture against the price of the tour.

The talk will discuss Portugal’s long and colorful history, focusing on her rise and fall as an imperial power.  In the fifteenth century Portuguese explorers mapped out an all-sea route to the Far East.  In succeeding decades, Portugal created a global empire, establishing outposts all around Africa, in India, and beyond as well as controlling a major share of South America.  In 1580 Portugal fell under Spanish control, but after reclaiming her independence in 1668, she revived her colonial ambitions.  Although economic constraints and Continental turbulence limited her successes, Portugal managed to hold on to her final overseas colonies, Mozambique and Angola, well into the 1970s.

As a professor of history, John Dobson devoted much of his research and writing to analyses of interna-tional relations. After earning a bachelor’s degree with a joint major in physics and history at MIT, he went on to complete a doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin. He has taught at universities in the United States, Ireland, and Scotland, specializing in diplomatic and political history. He also held several university administrative posts including dean of the college of arts and science both at Iowa State University and Oklahoma State University. He has served as president of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations and as a faculty lecturer on MIT alumni tours around the world.


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