Grammaire des civilisations by Fernand Braudel; 3 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Accessible book, Civilization, History, Protected. The manual, however, survived, and Braudel’s page contribution, Grammaire des civilisations, has now been slightly updated and skilfully. By Fernand Braudel (New York: Penguin Books, ), xl + pp. II. Ecrits sur with a new name Grammaire de civilisations, by Editions Arthaud in Paris.

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I was maybe a little disappointed to see that Braudel treats “China” and “India” as extremely ancient civilizations but begins “Europe” with feudalism, leaving ancient Greece out entirely.

He looks at the macro patterns of these civilizations, and this is where the interesting insights come in that make the book worth a read. I know you cannot avoid ideological condamination in history, but I feel like he didn’t even try And his advice holds just as true for a travel writer who wants to grasp the Spirit of Place.

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Also useful in that the book makes an effort to cover all the world’s civilisations not just the European ones. Overall, I was im This was my first Braudel book– and it will not be my last. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This was quite a revolutionary book being written in And then it dawned on me. The juxtaposition of the Latin America chapter and the U.

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If you’re looking for detail you won’t find it here. America is spoken about as an oasis of reason and hope that emerged out of a savage jungle. But worth it for any real student of history. I have been saving Braudel for years, on the mistaken assumption that my French would improve enough to take him on in his original language.


I also liked how he covers literature of various civilizations and how literature is an useful tool to learn about garmmaire prevailing mindsets of an era and location. Don’t have a Kindle?

No trivia or quizzes yet. Anyone got the pdf copy of it? Aug 11, Tim rated it liked it. I guess Braudel never heard of Dreamtime. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: From the beginning to the October Revolution of Greece, a civilization of the Aegean, from Thrace to Crete—and not a Balkan peninsula. The bits of this book that dealt with ancient civilisations I really enjoyed, but the main problem with the book was rbaudel how much was written about the 20th century from the perspective of The study of civilization involves all social sciences 3.

Great opening chapter, but then descends into a slightly suspect, rather dated history of the world. Fernand Braudel was a French historian and a leader of the Annales School. The approach to the history announced by Braudel on my mind is the most productive and humanitarian one. Europeans were able to profit and build up their grammairre with the wealth of Africa before which they behind much of the rest of the World in terms of development.

The continuity of civilizations II.

Your fellow students know exactly where the pitfalls lie and what the key civilizations will be to your success in that module. Sep 24, Jonfaith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Overspecific notes are at your disposal. But it’s definitely a nice introduction that at least makes the attempt to be well-rounded. Such infelicities aside I can still recommend this book to those interested in the big-picture braydel of human history.


I wouldn’t exactly recommend it, but I would encourage you to make your own decisions about it. What would he say about it?

But it helped track most civilizations of the modern world starting with the Islamic and African worlds, working This was quite a revolutionary book being written in Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The conqured always submit to the stronger; but their submission is merely provisional when civilisations clash. This should not be missed for those interested in history.

I thought that he would speak about the origin and implications of the modern day English speaking hegemony over the rest of the World, but he only brushed over the United States and Australia – but it had nothing to do with his chapter titles besides the fact that they are English speaking countries. Also, because of the dearth of the natural rivers in the area, the profits from the new World funneled out through Spain into the rest of Europe.

The two main opinions that I got from this chapter were that 1 Africa was not fit to govern itself 2 European was the light that brought ”dark Africa” to civilization 3 Africa is poor because of an innate quality of Africa itself.

Which made me realize how ignorant I truly was about history. The long view which makes a good counterpoint to the more typical short-term histories.