On History (Paperback)
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|The first English translation of "Ecrits sur l'histoire--a collection of essays written over a twenty-year period following publication of Braudel's masterwork, "La, Mediterranee--"On History sets forth Braudel's reflections on the intellectual framework of his historical studies. Braudel calls on the historian to penetrate beneath the surface of political events to uncover and measure the forces shaping collective existence. Cycles of production, wages and prices, grids of communication and trade, fluctuations and climate, demographic trends, popular beliefs--all of these phenomena are proper subjects of the historian's investigations. It is only through study of the "longue duree, Braudel argues, that one can discern structure, the supports and obstacles, the limits and his experience cannot escape. |
"The great French historian Fernand Braudel has done what only giants can: he has made Western man confront the problem of time--individual time, historical time, relative time, "real time. . . . Braudel, more than any other historian, has wrestled with man's conception of time "over time. . . What a magnificent fight he has fought."--"Virginia Quarterly Review
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An eminent French historian analyzes the study of history and the nature of time.
Fernand Braudel studied at La Sorbonne in Paris, where he received a degree in history in 1923. His first teaching post brought him to Algeria, where he taught high school history from 1924 to 1932. He then returned to Paris, where he continued teaching until 1935, when he accepted a position at the Universidade de S?o Paulo, Brazil. It was here that he began researching his thesis on the 16th-century conflict for power in and around the Mediterranean Sea basin. In 1930, Braudel again returned to Paris, and continued his research. Following the outbreak of World War II and the fall of France, Braudel was captured by the Nazis as a soldier, and spent five years as a German prisoner of war. He wrote most of his doctoral thesis during this time, which was published in 1949 as "The Mediterranean & the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II". Braudel was a member of the Annales school of historical scholarship, along with scholars Marc Bloch and Braudel's mentor, Lucien Febvre. This so-called "new history" sought a more humanistic, broad-based historiography, approaching history from various disciplines and rethinking the historian's concentration on only political events and great rulers. Braudel's work shaped French methods of historical inquiry, and influenced scholars in Britain and the U.S. He wrote and published into his 80s, and received honorary degrees from universities all over the world.
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