Buy A History of Civilizations New Ed by Fernand Braudel, Richard Mayne (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free. A History of Civilizations has ratings and 54 reviews. Jonfaith said: The conqured always submit to the stronger; but their submission is merely prov. Braudel, Fernand. [Grammaire des civilisations. English]. A history of civilizations / Femand Braudel ; translated by Richard Mayne. p. cm. p. Includes index.

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The author left behind all the parts of the hum Interesting to see particular peoples perception of history in the recent past.

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Until recently, that is. An Introduction to the Far East: The Cold War is also peaking at about this time, and so a large section of the book is dedicated to the Soviet Bloc, despite its chronological brevity when compared with societies within Islam and China.

But it helped track most civilizations of the modern world starting with the Islamic and African worlds, working through Asia, Europe the Americas and the Soviet Union. And colonialism, typically, is the submergence of one civilisation by another. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. May 29, Nosemonkey rated it it was ok. The Aborigines of Australia are described as “a living museum of archaic primeval ways” with their lives being “meagre”. To the extent that I now regard Braudel as one of my favorite writers and surely one of the best historians ever.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. From yesterday to the present He does make some predictions that in retrospect seem silly, but This book is an overview of the history of the currently existing civilizations in when it was written I.

Oct 10, Blair rated it liked it.

And keep me exploring, but with some solid idea of where things “fit. A leading member of the Annales school, he rejected a narrow focus on Western warfare, diplomacy, and power politics, and opened up economic and social history to influences from anthropology, sociology, geography, psychology, Latin America, the Other New World: And purchased it without thinking. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Weirdly reductive and full of French exceptionalism. Needless to say, I was really disappointed.

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But the process always has its limits. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. After an introductory section examining the nature of cultures and civilizations, their continuities and transformations, Braudel surveys broad historical developments in almost every corner of the globe: I was referred to Braudel through a number of history books and was drawn to him because he changed the way history is viewed and taught – changing the focus on epochs and drawing in influences of geography, sociology and diplomacy.

Traditionalists attacked the new stress on the social sciences and eventually triumphed, but Braudel was firmly committed to such changes. The bits of this book that dealt with ancient civilisations I really enjoyed, but the main problem with the book was just how much was written about the 20th century from the perspective of It seems a pretty interesting and ambitious idea to write a history of “civilizations” that exist up to the present, viewing them from all different angles and even attempting to make some predictions.


Another major failing of the book is the very strict definition of ‘civilisation’ that Braudel is operating with: I’m amazed fernxnd the author’s brilliant intellect, yistory clairvoyance, vast cultural and factual background, let alone his highly elegant writing style. Jan 13, Nikolay Mollov rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

The Far East Great opening chapter, but then descends into a slightly suspect, rather dated history of the world.

A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel

Obviously a broad minded genius, but it is interesting to read this in view of the times, and the prophesies he makes, some fulfilled and some not. See all 28 reviews. Christianity; humanism and humanists; scientific thought before the nineteenth century. Have to admit, it was a little dry and hard to gistory at say, lunchtime when I I decided that my history is really weak and I need to learn more about it.

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I am not a historian so I appreciated and enjoyed the high level discussions and wide ranging views of world history rather than its tedious details. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Geography; nature and society: But it is the best history book for the upper classses.

Braudel is a competent and insightful writer; the format is VERY economic. Paperbackpages. A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel. English Choose a language for shopping. His other translations include Monet’s Memoirs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.