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The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Volume I (The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II #1)

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The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Vol. 1
Paperback, 642 pages
Published February 28th 1976 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1972)
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We’re all familiar with Isaiah Berlin’s ‘the Fox and the Hedgehog’, and with ‘lumpers and splitters’ – a phrase, as Wiki tell us, that was first used by Charles Darwin. Yet a very brilliant young teacher I had in college -- and one who, like me, was not much for ‘lumpers’ -- used to say: ‘there are really two types of people in the world. Those who divide things into twos and those who divide things into threes.”

Fernand Braudel was certainly one of the latter.

He divides things into threes. Thi
This is not like a normal history book. One does not simply sit down and read Braudel's Mediterranean. It is a two part thing and each part is seven hundred pages, and there really is no narrative thru-line. I think the best way to approach this book is to keep it around, and read it in chunks in between other works of history. Then you'll need to refer back to it in the future. The thing is, you're going to need to take this "total history" piece by piece and decide if it works for you.
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It's great. Just what I was looking for. So lucky we have it in English. Part of the overarching theme of course. Here:
"...The great cities remained in their dominating positions, with the advantages of high prices, high wages, and many customers for their shops, while satellite towns surrounded them, looked towards them, used them and were used by them,. These planetary systems, so typical of Europe and the Mediterranean, were to continue to function virtually unimpeded.
Nevertheless, conspicu
This is a seminal work by a great historian. Two volumes written after 1940 when Braudel was a prisoner of war in Germany, working from memory. The breadth of this is astonishing.First submitted as a doctoral thesis to the Sorbonne in 1947, it established Braudel as a leader of the Annales school. The scale of his topic is breathtaking. Arguing that the Mediterranean is a sea sourrounded by mountains, he then goes on to explain how civilizations in the Mediterranean are shaped by their geography ...more
Quite some time ago, there was a photo on BGG of a bookshelf with the poster's references for a game on the Battle of Lepanto (I have no idea how the game is coming along), and Braudel's two volume work on the period was on it. A little while later, I spotted them in my local used book store, and I picked them up.

They're an interesting set. Really, the book is a series of two to four page essays. These are grouped into larger subjects (subchapters), and those into chapters, and those into three
Nov 05, 2012 Ted marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Started reading this a few years ago, but never got very far into it. I would like to return to it. Braudel is of course a monumental historian of the last century, and his Civilization and Capitalism is probably thought even more highly of than this work. However I own both volumes of Mediterranean World, and only the first volume of the other (The Structure of Everyday Life).
Steven Teasdale
After many years of reading bits and pieces of this «annales» masterpiece, I've finally managed to read it in its entirety. Even in translation, it remains one of the most important and profound works of twentieth-century history which, despite its structuralist leanings, ultimately emphasizes the vital post-structuralist importance of population dynamism and inter-cultural exchange.
I didn't even really need to read 200 pages to get this guy's deal- particularly when about 100 of it (or maybe that's just how long it felt) was about sixteenth century grain prices.

Love the idea. His statement of purpose at the beginning makes me want to hug him. The execution.... could have used a pick me up or two, to say the least.
This is the first part of Braudel’s epic history of the late 16th century Mediterranean. The author was a member of the Annales School, employing social scientific methodology, and one of the most significant historians to apply the longue duree approach. This first volume provides detailed descriptions of the geographical, topographical and economic circumstances and includes an examination of the role of the physical environment on peoples lives, trading routes, currency etc. The second volume ...more
Kirk Lowery
I've given this one star rating not because of content, but because of the writing style. I simply got tired of wading through the verbiage. Now, I have taken into account the fact that the book is a translation from the French. Here are my complaints: long, complex sentences with embedded asides and rabbit chasing; a "full of himself" narrative voice that assumes he is always right; providing lots of facts, but no coherent narrative -- at least, none that I could discern. It seemed I was gettin ...more
Mihai Zodian
"O adevărată demonstrație de ingeniozitate intelectuală, Mediterana ne atrage cu o poveste palpitantă de-a lungul veacurilor, urmărind cum se încheagă o lume întreagă, pornind de la aspecte deseori ignorate din viața cotidiană. Căci timpul și societatea sunt principalele teme abordate de Braudel, în această lucrare. Mesajul este destul de simplu: pentru a înțelege evenimentele curente, trebuie să avem în vedere influențele pe termen lung și impactul structurilor.

Inițial istoricul francez trebui
Read this for a history theory grad class.
Woof. I appreciate the importance of this work. I promise I do. Please never make me read it again.
Minutely detailed history of the Mediterranean with a focus on the Spanish Empire interests in the area.

I mean minutely detailed from the price of wheat in Italy to the summer pasturing of sheep in Greece. Some may consider it boring but the threads of each detail are woven together by Braudel to create a beautiful and vibrant tapestry of the era. It's an excellent reference for anyone who has an interest in Spain, the Spanish Empire or what was happening in the Mediterranean during Philip II's
Keith Whitelam
I discovered this book in a second hand bookshop in Stirling in the late 1970s. It opened up a completely new perspective on history. I then read everything I could find by Braudel and the Annales school. I constantly reread both volumes and was the Folio Society presentation volumes by my daughter for my birthday a few years ago. It is not just Braudel's innovative approach to history that has been so influential but also his ability to write in such an engaging style.
A flawed and somewhat boring book, but nonetheless one that makes a case for macro-history and alternatives to the standard narrative. Braudel attempts to describe the large-scale patterns of the Mediterranean region in a long century, looking for the trends that remained fairly constant as well as the gradual changes, rather than focusing on the more immediate changes on recognizably human time-scales.
Politics, economy, society, folklore, nature, geography and every other aspect of life during Mediterranean late middle ages & early modern period.
This book is a brilliant work and I soon I will go for the second volume.
The only thing I would recommend to those of you who speak french, is to read the original work. The english translation of the book suffers from time to time.
This is a towering masterpiece of historical writing. The depth of research and clarity of exposition is astounding.
Translated works always make me nervous. I can't decide if Being and Time in English is like Don Pardo reciting Byron from the booth. Surely it loses a half-life in decay.

Nonetheless, this is Important scholarship. I'm working on thinking this big. Always.
This is a text book essentially. A really big information dump about a very specific place and time. I'm not sure who the intended audience is except for European history majors.If you were a big fan of text books in school you might enjoy this.
this book is a translated college text. very dry, but very interesting. it takes my time though, which is why i still haven't finished it since starting in 1999. *egads* It tends to be what I take with me on the airplane.
The mother of modern historiography. Real History here conveyed in a catching style. Rigorous and deep. An intellectual challenge. Nothing to do with crappy historical novels...
Agonizing to read because it was 1200 pages of mountain formations (thats an exaggeration, only 400 pages were). Nonetheless a very interesting way to look at history!
Mk Miller
Love Braudel. This is a great read. It's a must read if you're heading to the Med basin.
James Culbertson
This amazing book changed my view of history and geography.
Braudel is really excited. Mostly about the Mediterranean.
like the cross-section of the largest person ever alive.
to be reread in English
Aug 02, 2010 Ibis3 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Edition irrelevant.2005-06-08
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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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