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Civilization and capitalism 15th-18th century, Vol. 3: The perspective of the world (Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century #3)

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Volume III investigates what Braudel terms "world-economies"—the economic dominance of a particular city at different periods of history, from Venice to Amsterdam, London, New York.
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Published December 23rd 1992 by University of California Press (first published 1979)
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Mar 02, 2015 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing
What Henry Hope, a leading Amsterdam businessman once said of trade in 1784 after the fourth Anglo-Dutch War, could also be said of capitalism: 'It is often ill but it never dies'.

This final volume of Braudel was often both enthralling and crushing but not ultimately as satisfying as the first, The Structures of Everyday Life. I base that verdict on two observations: 1) the first section is almost entirely a response to Immanuel Wallerstein's theory of the Core and the Periphery and 2)the slight
Read this book for pleasure as a slow exploration of a vanished world, the attempt to show how the world functioned in the period between the end of the middle ages and the industrial revolution. Like a good history degree course it is generally sober, fairly earnest and not given to sweeping generalisations.

This is a careful book. It presents the discussions of the past. It discusses how sets of figures are arrived at. You are shown the limits of current (as of 1979) learning. The promise of un
Sean Sullivan
Jul 19, 2007 Sean Sullivan rated it really liked it
Finally done with this magnum opus tracing in minute, painful, detail the creation of capitalism in the west, and the precursors and repercussions of that creation in the rest of the world. For my reviews of the other two volumes, check here and here.

After spending the last eight months doing intense reading, all the fucking time, my tolerance for the detailed economic historiography that makes up a lot of this book is pretty low. The breadth of Braudel’s scholarship is still deeply impressive,
Nikolay Mollov
Jun 11, 2014 Nikolay Mollov rated it it was amazing
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Една книга, в която има много, много история. Една книга, която хвърля светлина от знание във всички посоки по света. Една книга пронизана с ерудиция. Една книга, от която може да се научи за множество закономерности. Една от най-големите книги, които съм прочел.
Jun 08, 2015 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The completion of Braudel's immense history exploring the origins and development of capitalism in western Europe. The scope of this particular work is the topmost layer of Braudel's hierarchy - the long cycles of economic life and markets at the global and political level. In classic Annales style, he traces the development of "world-economies" or the ever-changing dominating city markets, primarily in Europe and America, that fostered the rise of national and international capitalism. For Brau ...more
Ju-hyun Kim
May 17, 2015 Ju-hyun Kim rated it really liked it
페르낭브로델의 물질문명과 자본주의 3부작을 읽기로 한 것은 도전이다. 방대한 양과 디테일을 회사원이 취미로 읽기에는 쉽지 않다. 그럼에도 불구하고 3권 세계의 시간을 읽으면서 읽는 즐거움을 느낄 수 있었다.

3권 중에서 상편은 유럽의 도시가 지중해를 배경으로 하다가 점차 전 세계의 바다를 무대로 하는 변화과정을 그대로 보여준다. 상당 부분이 베네치아와 네덜란드 도시의 융성과 쇠망에 할애되어 있다.

판카즈 게마왔 교수의 [world 3.0]에서 세계화/국제화의 정도를 보여주는 한 지표로서 네덜란드의 전화 사용량 통계가 있다. 네덜란드는 지금도 95%정도의 통화가 international call이라고 한다. 국내 통화는 겨우 5%정도 밖에 되지 않는다. 이책은 이런 사실의 역사적인 전통의 근원이 어디에서부터 왔는지를 보여준다.

도시의 발전과 쇠망을 자본주의의 발전이라는 한 축에 놓고, 공간의 확장을 다른 한 축으로 하여 그 안에서 발생하는 중심지로서의 자본주의 도시의 모습을 지도, 그림,
Guillermo Arribas
Jul 17, 2015 Guillermo Arribas rated it really liked it
Dated, which made it all the better. Braudel gave himself the benefit of the doubt with his figures before the 19th century, but the theories are very entertaining. The overall read is fun and thought-provoking if you like to form patterns in history.
Jun 07, 2016 Farzana rated it it was amazing
The third volume of Braudel's brilliant trilogy concludes with a history of the world wide development of modern capitalism. and its sources in ancient international trade and post-Roman financial practices. Beautifully written and translated, revealing fascinating information, it was as difficult to put down as any excellent novel.
Chris Hubbard
Oct 15, 2013 Chris Hubbard rated it it was amazing
After three volumes of detailed analysis about western civilization and capitalism, my perspective has changed, or matured or deepened. These books are full of fascinating and mostly obscure details which effectively undermine the 'deterministic' view so often used when discussing history or contemporary culture. Braudel does a brilliant job of asking and then exploring questions. For the most part there are no 'pat' or simple answers, rather there's complex answers that then beg the question th ...more
Oct 04, 2007 msondo rated it it was amazing
This is a great history book. Braudel analyzes history from an economic framework. I'm going to get all three volumes eventually and read them when I have time.
Oct 11, 2014 Jacob rated it liked it
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This book has way more detail than i wanted, but that is good if that is what you're looking for. Who knew the Italians invented capitalism?
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wonderful history book, bought for me by a friend
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The third and final volume in the Civilization and Capitalism series. A classic!
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I don't know why I originally marked this book so low.
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Only read parts about Genova, Italy.
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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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