This concise, illustrated history of Portugal offers an introduction to the people and culture of the country, its empire, and to its search for economic modernisation, political stability and international partnership. The book studies the effects of 1/5(1). The book concludes with a discussion of the contemporary challenges, often shared with neighbours, that shape the country today. A Concise History of Modern India by Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, has become a classic in the field since it . Birmingham's Concise History of Portugal is concise, straightforward, and well-illustrated. There is little else to be said in its favor. Portugal's distinctive national character--so different from that of neighboring Spain--owes much to the circumstances of its past/5(17). The release of the third edition of David Birmingham's Concise History of Portugal is well-timed for me, as I'd been curious to try Cambridge's Concise Histories series and had also been wanting an accessible overview history of the country and its empire before ploughing into something more detailed or involved (such as A. R. Disney's two volume set 'A History of /5(13).