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The PIDE and Portuguese Society under the Salazar Dictatorship 1945-1974: Fear, Self-Policing, Accommodation.

Project description

The connections between secret police and the people

Long-lasting dictatorships that emerged during the interwar period is a phenomenon widely associated with 20th century European politics. The Salazar regime in Portugal was no exception. It was actually the longest-running dictatorship in Europe (1926-1974). Among the institutions of the regime was the secret police infamously known as PIDE. The EU-funded secretPOL project will study the role PIDE played in Portugal and examine how the Portuguese society reacted. The project challenges the existing knowledge of the relation between PIDE and Portuguese citizens. It also proposes an interpretation based on interactivity. It supposes that the Portuguese society, except for the oppositionists, had adapted to the opportunities for stability that the regime offered.


Net EU contribution
€ 147 815,04
Av Prof Anibal De Bettencourt 9
1600 189 Lisboa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00