Great talk, learned much.
I have taken several Context lecture courses, but this was the best by far. Ian Sumpter knows his history of Salazar and the growth of Portugal’s modern political state, and he enjoys sharing his research with his listeners. He is careful to put forward all sides of the case regarding Salazar’s government, and then he invites his audience to ask questions. His enthusiasm for his subject was infectious.
Ian gave a wonderfully nuanced presentation of Salazar - the conditions that preceded him, the good, the bad, and the complicated character he was. Very interesting!
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"Does anyone want to do Salazar?" No. That really set the stage for a highly interesting seminar. Then the Best and the Worst Portuguese tv contest clinched it, wow. I had zero knowledge of Salazar and now I feel I could sweep a Salazar Jeopardy category. Ian's ability to convey the good and the bad, his extensive personal and archival research and impressive organizational skills made for a really fast 90 minutes, I thoroughly enjoyed his connection with the subject and as in previous seminars, the mix of photography, graphics and video flung the whole subject to life. I also appreciated the opportunity to ask questions thruout rather than wait to the end. Highly enjoyable, I might even take it again. He made a terrific point early on, which shows he's so much more than a tour guide, he's a scholar: "Studying history should at times make us feel uncomfortable, it should make us feel angry. If studying history just makes you feel happy and proud, you're studying propaganda."