Rita Almeida de Carvalho
Rita Carvalho works on Oliveira Salazar and Marcelo Caetano regime's, particularly on political elites and the decision making process and on relations between the state and the Catholic Church. More recently, she has focused her research on the political and administrative elite from the Public Works ministry.
These studies revealed a wide range of actors with a significant autonomy in the decision making process of the Portuguese dictatorship and some great efforts towards the modernization of the regime, namely in the public works policies. That seems to contradict the idea strongly conveyed that the Salazar's regime was highly centralized and in terms of economy, finance and politics, firmly opposed to modernization. This apparent paradox between autonomy and centralization and between a conservative ideology and a progressive policy of public works is now the center of her research.
|The Junta de Colonização Interna and the shaping of the Estado Novo’s peasantry: newness and stagnation of the rural society||Regionalism, Nationalism & Modern Architecture||16/10/2018|
|Intellectual references of interwar dictators: Salazar, Mussolini and Hitler libraries||ComFas Convention “Comparative Fascist Studies and the Transnational Turn”||27/04/2018|
|The web and flow of interwar authoritarian politics: the case of Salazar's library||Corporatism and “Functional Representation” Diffusion and Models between Authoritarianism and Democracy||26/01/2018|
|Salazars Foreign Readings during the Fascis Era: from Machialvelli s Prince to Hitler s Mein Kampf||11th European Social Science History Conference||30/03/2016|
|Travelling modernisms: The tours and acquaintances of Portuguese architects||Southern Modernisms: Critical Stances through Regional Appropriations||20/02/2015|