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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This gives what feels like a more well-rounded exploration of each civilization, but has some definite drawbacks as well. In spite of the many gaps, blind spots and weaknesses, there are some real high points and original insights. In the 60s he undertook the design of a curriculum for the French school system. English Choose a language for shopping. Books by Fernand Braudel.

Editions Flammarion Language: 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. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The book literally put me to sleep. May 03, Amir rated it liked it.

I would like to say I do admire Braudel’s intellectual acumen, I really did enjoy the broad scope of the book and all of the civilizations that it covered. Which made me realize how ignorant I truly was about history. The best study guides. Everything you need to know about selling on Stuvia.


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Sep 04, Lamar Visarraga rated it it was ok. While comprehensive it did get quite heavy during the European section, as the bruadel is French and most familiar with this material. Aug 07, Christopher Leary rated it really liked it. That said, Braudel, who was writing in the early sixties, does come over all condescending sometimes in discussing ‘primitive’ peoples.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The only drawback is that so much has happened since the book was written that it is a bit dated. The Aborigines of Australia are described as “a living museum of archaic primeval ways” with their Basically an excellent overview of civilisations through history.

A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel

I was staggered by the beauty of Braudel o The conqured always submit to the stronger; but their submission is merely provisional when civilisations clash. Also, for anyone looking to know all those names-and-dates, this is a terrible volume: But it is the best history book for the upper classses. 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.

The chapters about Africa and Latin America were markedly different. Starting with Islam and ending with Russia, Braudel uses the long view to explore the definitions of civilization and the migrations, faiths and systems which have cultivated such. He also spends a fair amount of time contemplating then-contemporary problems and speculating about the future. Have to admit, it was a little dry and hard to read at say, lunchtime when I just wanted to relax.


Written from a consciously anti-enthnocentric approach, this fascinating work is a survey of the civilizations of the modern world in terms of the broad sweep and continuities of history, rather than the “event-based” technique of most other texts. 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. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It was honestly just extremely boring – and I very rarely say that about academic books such as this.

But it’s definitely a nice introduction that at least makes the attempt to be well-rounded.

Islam and the Muslim World 4. 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. I’m amazed by the author’s brilliant intellect, mental clairvoyance, vast cultural civiliisations factual background, let alone his highly elegant writing style.