«The people stand up for the MFA» - The Carnation Revolution, 50 years later

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Contemporary History, Political History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

«The people stand up for the MFA» - The Carnation Revolution, 50 years later

Edited by Maria Inácia Rezola e Lisandro Cañón


On April 25, 1974, the Armed Forces Movement (MFA) carried out a coup d'état in Portugal that, in less than 24 hours, overthrew one of the longest dictatorships in Europe (Estado Novo, 1926-1974).

In the already abundant literature on the Portuguese revolutionary process there is a relative consensus on the nature of the 25th of April, a coup that popular involvement transforms into a revolution (Ferreira, 1993; Reis, 1994). Likewise, we can find a certain unanimity with regard to the periodization and main characteristics of the different phases of the Revolution.

Despite these consensuses regarding the nature of the 25th of April and the essential rhythms of the revolution, many other aspects remain controversial. Studies on the 25th of April have oscillated between two opposing interpretive lines (Rezola, 2020): those who highlight its pioneering spirit, presenting it as a precursor to the third wave of transitions to democracy (Pinto, 2013), and those who stress its “backwardness” by affiliating it in past revolutionary movements (Ferreira, 1993; Martins, 2018).

As the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution is approaching, the edited book «The people stand up for the MFA» - The Carnation Revolution, 50 years later aims to bring together studies that present and explain the main dimensions of the Portuguese Revolution of 1974-1975.

Intending to adopt an interdisciplinary and transnational register, the coordinators call for proposals of original chapters framed in the following thematic axes/topics (but not limited to them):

•          Popular movements and initiatives

•          Social conflicts

•          Collective production units and agrarian reform

•          Parties, institutions and political power

•          Colonial war and decolonization

•          Political intervention by the military

•          Education, aesthetics and culture

•          International Dimension of the Portuguese Revolution

•          Legacies and impacts (national and international) of the Portuguese Revolution

•          Memory practices and policies

•          Revolutions Historiography

We invite all interested researchers to participate in any of these topics. Proposals should be submitted to irezola@escs.ipl.pt and juliolisandro.canon@gmail.com until October 31, 2021 (final deadline for abstract proposals). It is essential that proposals, whose maximum length is 700-word, have a detailed summary of the chapter's scope, as well as the theme and objectives. The selection of proposals (double blind review) will be guided by the purpose of guaranteeing the maximum quality, originality and diversity of the works. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by November 15, 2021. Final articles will be expected by March 28, 2022.