The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: Taking stock of the past and envisioning the future
This research project will contribute to a better understanding of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, the oldest diplomatic alliance still in force today. It will mark the 650th anniversary of the Alliance by conducting a comprehensive assessment of its past and present interactions, as well as its future in a context marked by the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
This project involves – for the first time in a long-term project about the Alliance – an interdisciplinary group of Portuguese and British researchers from various fields of law, history, political science, paleography-diplomatic, literature and musicology. It brings together the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions of the University of Oxford; the JusGov – Centre for Justice and Governance, University of Minho; the CHSC – Centre for the History of Society and Culture, University of Coimbra; the CICP – Research Centre in Political Science, University of Évora/University of Minho; the IEP – Institute for Political Studies, University Católica Portuguesa; and researchers from Cardiff University and Nova University of Lisbon. Collectively, they will analyse the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance from four perspectives – legal, political, historical and cultural – complementing each other in providing a deeper understanding of key moments from the Alliance’s past and present, and in envisioning its future.