Historians devastate book by José Gomes Ferreira – Portugal

The work is called Hidden Facts, but experts say it has too many errors on display. The text by journalist José Gomes Ferreira is a repository of conspiracies and old theories dismantled long ago, historians accuse. Even a themed podcast criticizing the work point by point made it to the tops.

Historians do not always agree, but in criticism of José Gomes Ferreira’s book Hidden Facts of Portugal History there has been consensus: “Encyclopedic Ignorance” (Roger Lee de Jesus); “either he is naive or malicious” (Paulo Jorge de Sousa Pinto); “Rocambolesque theories” (Paulo M. Dias).

The criticism also reached the pages of newspapers, with the historian Rui Tavares, in Public, calling into question Gomes Ferreira’s thesis that specialists conformed to an official view, refusing facts that contradict it: “Someone believes that if it were possible to anticipate, I don’t even say undeniably, but at least in a rigorous and verifiable way. , the discovery of America for several decades and attributing it to the Portuguese, would all these people have avoided commemorating this fact for political convenience?”

The reviews seem to have had some public effect: the episode of podcast speaking of history dedicated to the book became an unanticipated success. It was several days at number two of the podcasts and 4th on Spotify, a phenomenon for a broadcast dedicated to historical themes.

Source: SÁBADO by www.sabado.pt.

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