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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.
Paperback, 699 pages
Published December 23rd 1992 by University of California Press (first published 1979)
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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...more
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,...more
Nikolay Mollov
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.
Chris Hubbard
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
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.
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?
Glenn Street
The Perspective of the World, Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century (Volume 3) by Fernand Braudel (1982)
Julie H.
The third and final volume in the Civilization and Capitalism series. A classic!
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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