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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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, It cifilizations to me that he took the viewpoint of someone above the fray and included economics, arts and other important aspects of civilizations to a greater extent than usual, and put it all in some sort of context, including where different civilizations come into if.

Paperbackpages. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Africa and Latin American got less pages than they deserve, but there was little of the dismissiveness and racism that I expected fernahd a man who was writing half a century ago.

Anyway, I’m really glad civilizatioms be done with this book. This gives what feels like a more well-rounded exploration of each civilization, but has some definite drawbacks as well.

A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel

The greatness and decline of Islam 7. 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.

Given that there was a lot frnand ground to cover in a limited amount of space, many examples were mentioned in quick passing, so it could be hard to keep up so to speak.


China as humiliated victim ; China renewed; Chinese civilization in the modern world. I find history books that join the dots through large periods of time really helpful, due to the detailed specialisation encouraged by the academic world of history this often hard to come by. Contents List “Refreshingly broad-brush in its approach It brought back a lot of memories of great teachers long past. Maybe it was the context and examples being taken from French history and experience that are often less well known to Americans and the British perhaps as well.

The central initial thesis, promising to shed light on what civilization actually is, is swiftly abandoned in favour of a simple linear historical narrative of various regions and countries. Certainly, Braudel’s bizarre and unjustifiable but completely “normal” for the time notion that colonialism was not all that bad is less frequently voiced today.

Of course, the division of the world and historical periods is adjusted to the way a Frensh sees the world pretty much as the way hollywood or the dominand american culture views history and the planet from the perspective of an American.

A History of Civilizations

The Europe chapter was extremely detailed, he went on and on about the humanist movement and how Europe is a sort of cradle of civilization and culture.

Islam and the Muslim World 4. The awakening of Africa; economic and social issues at stake; art and literature. This was my first Braudel book– and it will not be my last. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Centralized curriculums are a generally bad idea, but when you’ve got one written by Fernand Braudel, it is hard not to be jealous of France. The result was something that I found difficult to read other than slowly. The author did not follow the usual “kings, dates and battles” approach.


The civilizations included are the Muslim World, Black Africa, the Far East includes Indiathen Europe and European civilization elsewhere to which he devotes half the book.

Civilizations Outside Europe Part I. I also loved the way that it tells all sorts of stories. There was no mention of any of the seminal African empires in history: Latin America, the Other New World: Jan 09, Robert Morris rated it really liked it.

Japan before Chinese influence; Japan learns from Chinese civilization; modern Japan. But worth it for any real student of history. He wrote about ”Black Africa” civilizatjons dark and devoid of hope and ingenuity.

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As the dominant leader of the Annales School of historiography in the s and s, he exerted enormous influence on historical writing in France and other countries. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Christianity, Humanism, and Scientific Thought: Read it Forward Read it first. Unfortunately at times though, I felt that Braudel took this as a license to write about whatever he felt like, often giving a preference to literature over other art forms. He can also be considered as one of the precursors of world-systems theory. But, at this point in my studies, exactly what I needed.

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