Fernand Braudel


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in Luméville-en-Ornois, France
August 24, 1902

Died
November 27, 1985

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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 historical research in France and much of the world after 1950. As the dominant leader of the Annales School of historiography in the 1950s and 1960s, he exerted enormous influence on historical writing in France and other countries.

Braudel has been considered one of the greatest of the modern historians who have emphasized the role of large-scale socioecon
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Civilization and Capitalism...

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The Mediterranean and the M...

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A History of Civilizations

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Memory and the Mediterranean

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On History

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Il Mediterraneo

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“Civilization is in fact the longest story of all. Civilization can persist through a series of economies.”
Fernand Braudel

“When the [colonial] contact was violent, in fact, failure was more frequent than success. 'Colonialism' may have triumphed in the past: but today it is an obvious fiasco. And colonialism, typically, is the submergence of one civilisation by another. The conqured always submit to the stronger; but their submission is merely provisional when civilisations clash.
Long periods of enforced coexistence may include concessions or agreements and important, often fruitful, cultural exchange. But the process always has its limits.”
Fernand Braudel, A History of Civilizations

“L'humanisme de la Renaissance se présente comme le dialogue de Rome avec Rome, de la Rome païenne avec la Rome du Christ, de la civilisation antique avec la civilisation chrétienne. Assurément, l'un des plus riches dialogues - jamais interrompu - qu'ait connu l'Occident.”
Fernand Braudel, A History of Civilizations