Would Portugal have become a minor power if the April revolution never happened? They had the situation in Angola and Mozambique sort of under control, the only scenario where they were truly losing was the Guinea.
How would they be faring if they had managed to retain the important colonies?
Not really. I asked that because the collapse of the government brought the war to a sudden halt. The insurgents in Angola and Mozambique were on the verge of defeat with the government controlling all the cities. Insurgency was only winning in Guinea.
But I'm also interested in what I supposedly wanted to ask.
It would be a rather wealthy country if the leadership following Salazar loved the country as much as he did.
It could have probably be compared to Switzerland.
The entirety of the situation regarding the revolution was just fucked.
Simply giving away the colonies, losing all the jobs and throwing the country into an economic collapse.
All that work undone.
I do wonder if there was anyone from the outside who wanted to fuck Portugal over, same goes for Brittain or hell the entirety of south Africa.
>"Let's just leave because staying here would be racist"
>"Surely, these people will be able to take care of themselves"
It was a military victory for Portugal.
The revolutionaries that took down the fascist, colonial government weren't Mozambican or Angolan.
The new, democratic, socialist-leaning government freed the colonies diplomatically, immediately after drafting the new constitution.
The soldiers were tired of dying for the Estado Novo. They wanted to leave the Ultramar. Military promotion norms under the Estado Novo were extremely unfair. That's why the Carnation Revolution was led by the Armed Forces Movement.
Also, Salazar never did do squat for national industry. He was that scared of blue-collar ideologies, like socialism.
Not really. Things were going to shit anyway, with a lot of money being spent on an endless war and most of the country in poverty and ignorance. The major problem in decolonization process was how sudden and poorly planned it was. The Portuguese families living there lost almost everything and became refugees in their own country. This combined with an absolute incompetence in the post-revolution period led Portugal to the shitty state they're in nowadays.
But the reason Portugal isn't a major power is because of how they managed all the riches from their colonies from the XVI century onwards.