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The massive emigration of the working masses, together with the systematic pillage which took place in the colonies, have contributed - by leading to the stagnation of the economy and the survival of a parasitic bourgeoisie to hampering the advent of the industrial revolution in Portugal. The internal contradictions of the regime, the retrograde position of Portugal and its increasing isolation internationally, the threat which the liberation movements of the peoples of the Third World constitute, and the pressure stemming from international finance nevertheless alarmed certain sectors of the Portuguese bourgeoisie, even before the outbreak of the wars of liberation.

The owners of Portugal were living Anatomy of Colonialism totally wrapped up in a golden dream of Alice in Wonderland, and the king of this epoch, Manuel the First, was given the epithet, the Fortunate... It is only this idyllic aspect which is narrated to us by the history manuals of the Salazarists. B. Trend in his book Portugal(published in 1957 in London). We quote: They [the Portuguese] did not produce anything in their country; neither in agriculture nor in industry. Although, on the surface, all looked like a perpetual carnival, the nation was in its entirety begging for bread.

As for the level of the popular masses, here we witness a tangible move ment of political reaction against the pursuit of colonial wars. In the beginning of 1961, the fact of a colonial war constituted a source Anatomy of Colonialism of economic profit for all those involved in the Portuguese army: the General Staff and the various military commands, the majority of the junior officers and the draftees. 'lhere has been little change in this position since. The movements of protest and the ever increasing number of deserters still result from individual attitudes.

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