When a Diplomat goes into politics because of war. The case of João Chagas (1910-1914)

When a Diplomat goes into politics because of war. The case of João Chagas (1910-1914)


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Luís Alves de Fraga

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PhD in History (UAL), Master in Strategy (UTL-ISCSP), Degree in Political and Social Sciences (UTL-ISCSP), Graduate of the Military Academy of (AMP). Air Force Colonel (retired) Former permanent lecturer at the Air Force Institute for Advanced Studies and at the Air Force Academy. Former Director of University Education at the Air Force Academy and at the Higher School for Military and Aeronautical Technologies. Auxiliary Professor at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL), Department of International Relations. He has published nine books and dozens of articles in collective works and conference and congress proceedings.



Abstract


Analysis of the case of a Portuguese diplomat, João Chagas, who, during the First Republic, and by resorting to the conditions available to him as representative of his country, surpassed the mere negotiating role attributed to diplomacy to conduct national politics, succeeding in changing the international statute of Portugal in the Great War. The article describes the internal and external situation of Portugal in political, geopolitical and geostrategic terms, the conflict between Portuguese and British interests, the activity of Portuguese diplomats in London, Berlin and Paris, and, finally, the work of João Chagas.



Keywords


Portugal; Great Britain; France; Great War; diplomat; conflict; João Chagas; strategy



How to cite this article


Fraga, Luís Alves de (2012). "When a Diplomat goes into politics because of war. The case of João Chagas (1910-1914)”. JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2012. Accessed [online] on (date of last viewing), observare.ual.pt/janus.net/en_vol3_n1_art6



Article received on February 2012 and accepted for publication on April 2012