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e-Journal of Portuguese History

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SPANGLER, Torin. Whose Colonial Project? Angolan Elites and the Colonial Exhibitions of the 1930s: Notes on the Special Magazine Edition of A província de Angola, August 15, 1934 . e-JPH [online]. 2018, vol.16, n.1, pp.96-116. ISSN 1645-6432.

A major objective of early exhibitions during the Estado Novo was to project an image of universal support for the newly reformulated colonial project in both the metropole and the colonies. Although recent research has shed new light on the 1930s exhibitions from a metropolitan perspective, accessing voices from within “colonial” spaces can often prove more difficult. This article examines the specific case of the Angolan white settler community and the local independent press, observing the complexities of their involvement in, and reactions to, exhibitions in Angola and Portugal. In this context, the special edition of the newspaper A Província de Angola (August 15, 1934), published on the occasion of the Exposição Colonial do Porto, will be used as a central vehicle of intertextual exploration in an effort to uncover the complex interplay between “local” collaboration in colonial exhibitions and resistance to hegemonic control of discourses and images within the empire.

Keywords : Colonial exhibitions; Angola; Portugal; press; imperial identities.

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