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Memory and the Mediterranean

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A grand sweep of history by the late Fernand Braudel–one of the twentieth century’s most influential historians–Memory and the Mediterranean chronicles the Mediterranean’s immeasurably rich past during the foundational period from prehistory to classical antiquity, illuminating nothing less than the bedrock of our civilization and the very origins of Western culture.

Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Il mio affetto per questo mare, e per le terre che lo circondano, mi ha condotto verso questo libro. Sono molto grato a Braudel per la sua scrittura, perché il suo modo di descrivere e raccontare ha saputo alimentare la mia meraviglia: forse non sarei stato in grado di leggere una trattazione più formale e accademica; la sua vivace passione per l'argomento dei suoi studi mi ha davvero aiutato. Difficilmente ricorderò le date, e forse neppure i nomi - queste informazioni sono soltanto la base di...more
Martin Zook
Stuck in the winter from hell, I am diving into my Mediterranean shelf as I can't afford to be there.

Braudel is most widely known for expanding how historians practice their craft. He considers three times in his work: geologic, social, individual.

Greece and Rome don't enter the picture until the last two chapters. Most of the text is devoted to the preceding 15,000, or so, years.

He does an excellent job of tying Greece's emergence as a power in the Middle Sea environs to its geography and how t...more
Eight chapters in this book cover the history of the Mediterranean from its geological origin in the Tethys Sea to the final stages of the Roman Empire (and the suggestion of things to come from Constantinople).

So one might expect a breathless and rushed survey. On the contrary, the pace is thoughtful, almost leisurely, made possible by the assumption that the reader already knows the names and places, and the wars, in this history.

No matter that I began this book knowing only the names, places...more
Fernand Braudel (1901-1985) hardly needs me to rhapsodize his bona-fides. If you have never had the pleasure of reading his work, delivered through the skill of his long time translator Sian Reynolds, then Memory and The Mediterranean would be a good starting point. Braudel was a French scholar primarily concerned with markets, the rise of international capitalism and especially the 15th – 19th centuries. References within the text of Memory will make clear his connection to the Annales School....more
Tony Gualtieri
It's always intellectually salubrious to spend an hour or two with the generous mind of Frenand Braudel. This history of the birth of Western civilization in the Middle East and its flowering on the shores of the Mediterranean is perfectly suited to the longue durée vantage that characterizes Braudel's thought. As always, he begins with the effects of geography, the patterns of trade and commerce, and pauses only briefly to note political events and the acts of the renowned. For example, he trea...more
Braudel'in cok kisaltilmis Turkce cevirisi. Bence daha da iyi olmus, cunku Roma'nin kurulis kisimlari biraz icimi baydi. Ama bu kadar oz ve can alici bir sekilde yazilmis bir kitaba ne desem az. Super
I hated history at school and hadn't read much of it since then, convinced that it was boring and far away from my reality. This book was recommended to me by a Turkish friend and I really wasn't expecting much of it. Wrong! I found it fascinating, really gripping. I loved his point of departure - the natural challenges and opportunities offered by the land (and the sea). All the rest followed (and follows) from that. It explained so much more of my understanding of contemporary Mediterranean cu...more
Braudel does the ancient Mediterranean. The weakest parts of this book are on prehistory, since subsequent archaeology has rendered much of it obsolete, but overall the book shines. As usual with Braudel, he deploys facts about specific historical figures and events to illustrate a story about long-term structures and about the material life of everyday people.
This book is unusual, as it finds Braudel writing outside his realm of expertise. I appreciated the endnotes that brought his treatment of prehistory up to date, although I wish these notes had been a bit more elaborate. Relying largely on the work of prior historians, Braudel comes off as a bit generic but is charming and erudite as always.
I read Braudel's masterwork Civilization and Capitalism years ago and still ponder some of his major themes. This is a lighter and shorter work, but his pleasant prose serves up new insights into the relationships between the lands that are tied together by the Mediterranean sea.
Jeff Volkmann
I loved this book and was really sad to see the next book was not picked up by the publishing company.
Braudel always great archeology very outdated and new notes do not compensate.
So far I love it.
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Fernand Braudel was a French historian and a leader of the Annales School. His scholarship focused on three main projects: The Mediterranean (1923–49, then 1949–66), Civilization and Capitalism (1955–79), and the unfinished Identity of France (1970–85). His reputation stems in part from his writings, but even more from his success in making the Annales School the most important engine of historica...more
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