Luso-Brazilian Review 50:1 embassies, the degree of his personal interference in the "military sphere [. . .] was negligible." Meneses, however, does not solve the contradiction between a Salazar who did not believe that "triumph in Africa could be achieved through military means," wanted to run the war "on the cheap," and never treated the war in Africa as a "total war" but, on the other hand, a man who considered the war was "a worthy and indeed welcome challenge," believing that Portugal had a "good chance of success" in "hanging on to every single part of the empire" and that decolonization was, after all, a sign of the "general decline of the West, a consequence of failing spiritual values, and an abdication by the European white of his historical responsibilities" (522524). The book ends with a reflection on the motivations of Salazar. Meneses wonders why Salazar wanted to stay in power for so long and he highlights three key factors: first, the "belief in himself as a providential agent," carrying a "personal, religious, sense of mission" for Portugal (611612); secondly, the deep conviction that in his absence the regime built since the early 1930s would collapse, considering
Luso-Brazilian Review – University of Wisconsin Press
Published: Oct 29, 2013
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