The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age

The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age The focus of Fernand Braudel s great work is the Mediterranean world in the second half of the sixteenth century, but Braudel ranges back in history to the world of Odysseus and forward to our time, moving out from the Mediterranean area to the New World and other destinations of Mediterranean traders Braudel s scope embraces the natural world and material life, economics, demography, politics, and diplomacy

10 thoughts on “The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Volume I

  1. AC AC says:

    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

  2. John John says:

    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 goin

  3. Feliks Feliks says:

    After just a first few pages, I am immediately placing this on my highest ranking tier for the all time greatest reference feats I ve ever read It s colossal It s staggering One of the best history books I ve ever encountered Reminiscent of the great Gibbon with that much sensitivity but withheart and urgency,sweep and scopeinquiry All the flavor and spice that you ever wish d Gibbon would ve recounted

  4. Michael Hitchcock Michael Hitchcock says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I will admit a few things before I even begin really talking about this book 1 It is almost impossible to read this book if you are unwilling to look things up How many times will you see words like axial or transhumance before realizing you should look them up 2 The book was written for an audience that already would have some

  5. Ned Ned says:

    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 Mediterrane

  6. David David says:

    If Italy took no part in the great movement of colonization of distant territories the reason is perhaps partly to be sought in her preoccupation with reclaiming all available land within her own frontiers, from the flooded plains to the mountain peaks The importance of the shore was such that the coastal route was scarcely different from a river Only the big specialized salt and grain ships had any resemblance to

  7. Ted Ted says:

    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 evenhighly 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 Started reading this a few years ago, but never got v

  8. Rindis Rindis says:

    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

  9. Peter Peter says:

    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 ho

  10. Kelly Kelly says:

    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.

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