First Portuguese Republic
Get First Portuguese Republic essential facts below. View Videos or join the First Portuguese Republic discussion. Add First Portuguese Republic to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
First Portuguese Republic
Portuguese Republic

República Portuguesa
1910-1926
of Portuguese Republic
Coat of arms
Motto: "Order and Work"
Anthem: A Portuguesa  (Portuguese)
The Portuguese
The Portuguese Republic on the eve of World War I
The Portuguese Republic on the eve of World War I
CapitalLisbon
Common languagesPortuguese (in Continental Portugal, Madeira and Azores, official in the Portuguese Empire)
GovernmentDominant-party[]parliamentary republic
President 
o 1911-1915 (first)
Manuel de Arriaga
o 1925-1926 (last)
Bernardino Machado
Prime Minister 
o 1911 (first)
João Pinheiro Chagas
o 1925-1926 (last)
LegislatureCongress of the Republic
o Upper house
Senate
o Lower house
Chamber of Deputies
History 
5 October 1910
21 August 1911
29 May 1926
Area
191192,391 km2 (35,672 sq mi)
192092,391 km2 (35,672 sq mi)
Population
o 1911
5,969,056
o 1920
6,032,991
CurrencyPortuguese real
Portuguese escudo
Preceded by
Succeeded by

The First Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: Primeira República Portuguesa; officially: República Portuguesa, Portuguese Republic) spans a complex 16-year period in the history of Portugal, between the end of the period of constitutional monarchy marked by the 5 October 1910 revolution and the 28 May 1926 coup d'état. The latter movement instituted a military dictatorship known as Ditadura Nacional (national dictatorship) that would be followed by the corporatist Estado Novo (new state) regime of António de Oliveira Salazar.

The sixteen years of the First Republic saw nine presidents and 44 ministries, and were altogether more of a transition between the Kingdom of Portugal and the Estado Novo than they were a coherent period of governance.

Religion

The First Republic was intensely anti-clerical. The leaders of the Republic were secularists and, indeed, were following liberal tradition of disestablishing the powerful role the Catholic Church once held. Historian Stanley Payne points out, "The majority of Republicans took the position that Catholicism was the number one enemy of individualist middle-class radicalism and must be completely broken as a source of influence in Portugal."[1] Under the leadership of Afonso Costa, the justice minister, the revolution immediately targeted the Catholic Church: churches were plundered, convents were attacked and clergy were harassed.[by whom?] Scarcely had the provisional government been installed when it began devoting its entire attention to an anti-religious policy, in spite of the disastrous economic situation. On 10 October - five days after the inauguration of the Republic - the new government decreed that all convents, monasteries and religious orders were to be suppressed. All residents of religious institutions were expelled and their goods confiscated. The Jesuits were forced to forfeit their Portuguese citizenship. A series of anti-Catholic laws and decrees followed each other in rapid succession. On 3 November, a law legalizing divorce was passed and then there were laws to recognize the legitimacy of children born outside wedlock, authorize cremation, secularize cemeteries, suppress religious teaching in the schools and prohibit the wearing of the cassock. In addition, the ringing of church bells to signal times of worship was subjected to certain restraints, and the public celebration of religious feasts was suppressed. The government also interfered in the running of seminaries, reserving the right to appoint professors and determine curricula. This whole series of laws authored by Afonso Costa culminated in the law of Separation of Church and State, which was passed on 20 April 1911.

The republicans were anticlerical and had a "hostile" approach to the issue of church and state separation, like that of the French Revolution, and the future Mexican Constitution of 1917 and Spanish Constitution of 1931.[2] On 24 May 1911, Pope Pius X issued the encyclical Iamdudum which condemned the anticlericalism of the new republic for its deprivation of religious civil liberties and the "incredible series of excesses and crimes which has been enacted in Portugal for the oppression of the Church."[3]

The Republic repelled a royalist attack on Chaves in 1912.

Heads of state and government

The First Portuguese Republic was an unstable period in the History of Portugal. In a period of 16 years (1910-1926) Portugal had 8 Presidents of the Republic, 1 Provisional Government, 38 Prime Ministers and 1 Constitutional Junta:

Evaluation of the republican experiment and legacy

Most historians have emphasized the failure and collapse of the republican dream by the 1920s. José Miguel Sardica in 2011 summarized the consensus of historians:

The current Portuguese flag dates back to the First Republic.

"[...] within a few years, large parts of the key economic forces, intellectuals, opinion-makers and middle classes changed from left to right, trading the unfulfilled utopia of a developing and civic republicanism for notions of "order," "stability" and "security." For many who had helped, supported or simply cheered the Republic in 1910, hoping that the new political situation would repair the monarchy's flaws (government instability, financial crisis, economic backwardness and civic anomie), the conclusion to be drawn, in the 1920s, was that the remedy for national maladies called for much more than the simple removal of the king [...] The First Republic collapsed and died as a result of the confrontation between raised hopes and meager deeds."[4]

Sardica, however, also points up the lasting effects of the republican experiment:

"Despite its overall failure, the First Republic endowed twentieth-century Portugal with an insurpassable and enduring legacy--a renewed civil law, the basis for an educational revolution, the principle of separation between State and Church, the overseas empire (only brought to an end in 1975), and a strong symbolic culture whose materializations (the national flag, the national anthem and the naming of streets) still define the present-day collective identity of the Portuguese. The Republic's prime legacy was indeed that of memory."[5]

References

  1. ^ Payne, A history of Spain and Portugal (1973) 2: 559
  2. ^ Maier, Hans (2004). Totalitarianism and Political Religions. trans. Jodi Bruhn. Routledge. p. 106. ISBN 0-7146-8529-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. ^ IAMDUDUM: ON THE LAW OF SEPARATION IN PORTUGAL Papal Encyclicals Online
  4. ^ E-Journal of Portuguese History. (2011). 9 (1): pp. 1-27.
  5. ^ José Miguel Sardica. The Memory of the Portuguese First Republic throughout the Twentieth Century. (2011).

Further reading

  • Leal, Ernesto Castro. "Parties and political identity: the construction of the party system of the Portuguese Republic (1910-1926)." E-journal of Portuguese History 7#1 (2009): 37-44. Online[permanent dead link]
  • Meneses, Filipe Ribeiro De. Afonso Costa (London: Haus Publishing, 2010); 227 pp. excerpt
  • Sardica, José Miguel. "The Memory of the Portuguese First Republic throughout the Twentieth Century," E-Journal of Portuguese History (Summer 2011) 9#1: 1-27. online
  • Wheeler, Douglas L. "The Portuguese revolution of 1910." Journal of Modern History (1972): 172-194. in JSTOR
  • Wheeler, Douglas L. Republican Portugal: a political history, 1910-1926 (U of Wisconsin Press, 1999)

Coordinates: 38°42?N 9°11?W / 38.700°N 9.183°W / 38.700; -9.183


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

First_Portuguese_Republic
 



 



 
Music Scenes