The Reign of Antonio Salazar: A Dictator's Impact on 20th Century Portugal

TLDR Antonio Salazar, a highly reactionary dictator, rose to power in Portugal in the 20th century, using visions of Fatima and his conservative ideology to gain support. Despite his competent management of the economy, Salazar's regime was marked by repression, political prisons, and the suppression of dissidents, ultimately leading to his decline and death.

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00:00 Portugal in the 19th century was a politically turbulent and economically stagnant country, characterized by a sense of melancholy and nostalgia known as Saudade.
05:33 Antonio Salazar, a highly reactionary dictator, decides to put an end to the turbulence and inconsequentiality of Portuguese politics and becomes a prominent figure in 20th century Portugal.
10:26 Salazar, a conservative accountant, witnesses the instability and chaos of the first Portuguese republic and the visions of Fatima during the First World War.
15:15 The visions of Fatima, including the vision of the Virgin Mary and the three secrets she revealed, had a significant impact on the willingness of people to support Salazar and his conservative, anti-modernist ideology in the midst of Portugal's political and economic turmoil in the 1920s.
20:14 Salazar maintains power in Portugal through his competence in managing the economy, his appeal to Catholic middle-class conservatives, and his support from powerful blocks within the state, despite not having a dictatorial position or a personality cult.
25:05 Salazar exercises control in Portugal through a secret police, political prisons, and the suppression of dissidents, resulting in the disappearance and death of around 50 to 100 people over several decades.
30:12 Salazar is described as monkish, austere, and not corrupt, living a simple life with a housekeeper, but despite his personal qualities, he runs a repressive and reactionary regime with limited free speech and political dissidents being jailed or tortured.
35:15 Despite Salazar's fear of alienating the Germans, he manages to maintain a neutral stance in the war and receives support from the British, who upgrade the embassy, send an honorary degree, and even ask for the use of the Azores as a base, which Salazar agrees to.
40:00 Salazar gives out tens of thousands of Portuguese visas to help people escape the Nazis, and despite facing opposition and repression, Humberto Delgado's challenge to Salazar's rule in the 1958 presidential election highlights the unpleasantness of the regime.
44:41 Fado becomes tamed and appropriated by the regime, football becomes a tool for patriotic propaganda, and Eusebio becomes an international symbol for Portugal despite the strained relationship with its colonies.
49:49 Salazar falls off his chair and suffers a brain hemorrhage, leading to his eventual decline and death, during which time he remains unaware that he has been dismissed as prime minister and continues to give orders.
54:35 Salazar's views on race and anti-Semitism are discussed, and the hosts express their newfound interest in visiting Lisbon.
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