About me I am a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), University of Lisbon, Portugal, and author of A Igreja Católica e o Estado Novo Salazarista (https://www.wook.pt/livro/a-igreja-catolica-e-o-estado-novo-salazarista-duncan-simpson/15444493). For more information on my research interests and publications please go to: https://www.ics.ulisboa.pt/en/pessoa/duncan-alastair-simpson

About the blog The historiography of the Salazarist secret police (PIDE) has been marked by a heavily top-down approach to the subject, focusing on the PIDE’s methods of repression and on the minority of oppositionists these methods were applied to. In this blog, I propose to take a look at the PIDE ‘from below’, uncovering the various forms of spontaneous interaction between individual citizens and the secret police.

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