The Peaceful Road to Europe: Migration and the Setting of the Regular Long-Distance Coach Lines in the South-Western European Corridor (1960-1990)

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https://doi.org/10.21814/perspectivas.3108

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European Societies, European Long Distance Transport Networks, 20th century Portugal

Abstract

The establishment of the regular long-distance coach lines across Europe, boosted by migration flows, is the object of this historical study focused on the Portuguese experience. The article considers four dimensions: the establishment of the regular long-distance international coach lines through the coordination of the transport modes; the legal setting and the multi-national administration; the migrants coach travel experience and, finally, the evolutionary trends of this service. The narrative was mostly based on the Portuguese transport administration archives and specialized technical literature. From rural to urban contexts, from advanced to less advanced societies in Europe, we describe the process of common societal changes induced by the European experience. This explores the construction of Europe as a collective, historical and everyday experience, and analyses the ways common institutions, personal trust, and even friendship across governments, officials, and individuals were built anticipating the formal political process of creation of the European Community.

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Author Biography

Paulo Guimarães, Professor at University of Évora

Paulo Eduardo Guimarães (b. 1960) is an Assistant Professor at the History Department of the University of Évora (Portugal) and member of CICP (Research Center Political Science).  He is a member of the board of the Contemporary History’s PhD. Programme at the University of Évora. He is the author of Elites and Industry in Alentejo (1890-1960): a study on economic behaviour of elite groups in regional context (Lisbon, 2005) and of Industry and Conflict in the Rural Milieu: The Miners of Alentejo (1858-1938) both books in Portuguese.

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2021-06-22

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Guimarães, P. (2021). The Peaceful Road to Europe: Migration and the Setting of the Regular Long-Distance Coach Lines in the South-Western European Corridor (1960-1990). Perspectivas - Journal of Political Science, 24, 24-40. https://doi.org/10.21814/perspectivas.3108

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