Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. 1: The Structures of Everyday Life

Civilization and Capitalism th th Century Vol The Structures of Everyday Life This is the first of three fascinating volumes in which Braudel the renowned historian and celebrated author of The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World offers what is in effect an economic and

  • Title: Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. 1: The Structures of Everyday Life
  • Author: Fernand Braudel Siân Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9780520081147
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the first of three fascinating volumes in which Braudel, the renowned historian and celebrated author of The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World, offers what is in effect an economic and social history of the world from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution Like everything he writes, it is new, stimulating and sparkles like champagne.Braudel s techniqThis is the first of three fascinating volumes in which Braudel, the renowned historian and celebrated author of The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World, offers what is in effect an economic and social history of the world from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution Like everything he writes, it is new, stimulating and sparkles like champagne.Braudel s technique, it has been said, is that of a pointilliste Myriads of separate details, sharp glimpses of reality experienced by real people, are seen miraculously to orchestrate themselves into broad rhythms that underlie and transcend the excitements and struggles of particular periods Braudel sees the past as we see the present only in a longer perspective and over a wider field.The perspective is that of the possible, of the actual material limitations to human life in any given time or place It is the every day, the habitual the obvious that is so obvious it has hitherto been neglected by historians that Braudel claims for a new and vast and enriching province of history Food and drink, dress and housing, demography and family structure, energy and technology, money and credit, and, above all, the growth of towns, that powerful agent of social and economic development, are described in all the richness and complexity of real life.The intensely visual quality of Braudel s understanding of history is brought into sharper focus by the remarkable series of illustrations that of themselves would make this book incomparableFERNAND BRAUDEL was born in 1902, received a degree in history in 1923, and subsequently taught in Algeria, Paris and Sao Paulo He spent five years as a prisoner of war in Germany, during which time he wrote his grand thesis, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, which was published in 1949 In 1946 he became a member of the editorial board of Annates, the famous journal founded by Marc Bloch and Lucian Febvre, whom he succeeded at the College de France in 1949 He has been a member of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and since 1962 has been chief administrator of the Maison des Sciences de l Homme Professor Braudel holds honorary doctor ates from universities all over the world.Jacket painting Detail from Breughel the Elder s The Fall of Icarus, from the Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts, Brussels Giraudon Braudel deserves a Nobel Prize This is the most remarkable picture of human life in the centuries before the human condition was radically changed by the growth of industry that has yet been presented A book of great originality, a masterpiece J H Plumb, The Washington Post Braudel s books enthrall He is brilliant in demonstrating how most history is written on the backs of most people John Leonard, The New York Times Even a preliminary glance at The Structures of Everyday Life shows a book that has no obvious compeer either in scope of reference or level of accessibility to the general reader Its broad authority remains deeply impressive Richard Holmes, Harper s Here is vast erudition, beautifully arranged, presented with grace of style, with humility before life s complexity and warm humanist feeling Braudel s subject is nothing less than every day life all over the world before the industrial revolution He succeeds triumphantly in his first purpose if not to see everything, at least to locate everything, and on the requisite world scale Angus Calder, The Standard On neither side of the Atlantic does there live a man or woman with so much knowledge of the past as Braudel, or with a greater sense of its aptness to the intellectual occasion in hand.You can t pick up this big fat book without having your attention transfixed by something or other, if only the great gallery of pictures They are a masterpiece in themselves Peter Laslett, The Guardian This new book is unarguably a brilliant survey of demog raphy, urbanisation, transport, technology, food, clothing, housing, money and business, social classes, state power and international trade in the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries Theodore Zeldin, The Listener By examining in detail the material life of preindustrial peoples around the world, Fernand Braudel significantly changed the way historians view their subject Volume I describes food and drink, dress and housing, demography and family structure, energy and technology, money and credit, and the growth of towns.

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    1. (Not everyone will find this book easy to read. The author makes no concessions whatsoever to the reader. The book is crammed with place names and technical vocabulary from weaving, joining, planing, sailing, ploughing, leaching, waxing, glazing, coining, minting, metallurgy, etc. etc none of which are ever located or explained. Readers of Whitman or Catullus, poets who revel in proper nouns, will not be troubled by this cornucopia of names. For me, the book was fabulous, rich, insightful it is [...]

    2. Books, even history books, run away with their authors. This one has run ahead of me. But what can one say about its waywardness, its whims, even its own logic, that will be serious and valid? Our children do as they please. And yet we are responsible for their actions.I have a discovered a recent treat, finishing a book early in the morning and basking in its brilliance during the day. There is something more indulgent than ascetic in the practice. Braudel's magnificent first volume was complet [...]

    3. This is probably one of the most fun books of economic history I've ever read. A newer word which I enjoy hearing is 'world-building', or the process by which a writer establishes the setting and background of their stories. Braudel builds a world here. Braudel delves into the history and development of food and drink, diseases, of houses, of all the details of life in Europe (well, mostly Europe) in the era from 1500-1800, and that long transformation of the global economy.I suspect that a majo [...]

    4. Okay, then. Let's be clear: This is how it's done. This is how the structures and flows and mapping of another world, another time are analysed. This is how it's done. The first volume of Braudel's 3-volume "Structures of Everyday Life: Civilisation and Capitalism, 15th-18th-C." is magisterial in the clear sense of the word: the work of a master. This isn't narrative history. I'll warn you about that. This is an analysis of the bones of history, of the economics and commerce and geography and cl [...]

    5. Fernand Braudel is one of the few authors out there who writes books that people call terribly boring and hugely interesting for exactly the same reason: his approach to history is a amass a huge pile of details and then let them breathe. There are 100 pages about population, and a solid 40 about growing wheat. There are whole subchapters about furniture. This book takes a view of world history from 1500-1800 and delves especially into issues of population, food, drink, fashion, technology and m [...]

    6. "The past is like a foreign country: they do things differently there." One need only have seen a painting of England's Elizabeth I to have realized as much—who nowadays wears a ruff? Though Fernand Braudel had in mind a different purpose in writing The Structures of Everyday Life, it could be taken as another stack of evidence for L. P. Hartley's pithy observation. And it's a bounty.This book is one part of a three-volume survey of pre-industrial economic life—of the entire world, not only [...]

    7. The chapter on daily bread is compelling and worth the cover price of the book. An amazing recreation of the early modern period.The series continues with The Structures of Everyday Life and The Perspective of the World.

    8. Braudel's work is considered to be one of the seminal works in documenting the evolution of everyday life (throughout many centuries) and how it played into the bringing about the modern world. Braudel wasn't interested in kings, battles or the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms. Braudel's interest was in economics, food production, living spaces and so on. In 2014 this style of historical research isn't radical or unusual and even historians who are primarily focused on the big picture will [...]

    9. Those who think about the apocalypse, and wonder if it will happen to us, should read this book and be reminded that great tragedies are the norm, rather than the exception for most of human history.I'm going to start a review of this book even though I'm not done with it, because I think I may not finish it. It's a little on the pedantic side, with the author using academese and endeavoring to prove the merits of his methodology even at the cost of readability. It has illustrations, which are n [...]

    10. What is up with the French since the end of World War II? They are producing first rate minds of a caliber unmatched by any other Western country.I had never heard of the author until he was recommended to me and now, after I finish Vol II and III, I am going to look for other authors from the same school of analysis. Books like this I judge by how many times I have stopped reading and thought about what was on the page I had just digested. It happened frequently during this book. Well written, [...]

    11. ahmedalhokail.wordpress/2الحكاية بدأت من هذا النص. أنا خريج ثقافة دينية تراثية في مراهقتي، ولذا أعرف التاريخ نوعا ما. ولكن في السنوات الأخيرة، اكتشفت أن معرفتي تافهة! قراءة التاريخ فن. ليس من ناحية المصادر الجيدة فحسب، ولكن في طريقة القراءة نفسها، قراءة اللامكتوب أيضا، فالمعلومة لوحدها [...]

    12. The first volume of Braudel’s massive work on the construction of capitalism in the 15th to 18th century sets the stage for all that is to come. It is an exhaustive survey of the social and economics conditions in Europe and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the world at the beginning of the 15th century.The amount of primary research that went into this is mind boggling. Everything you ever wanted to know about how much livestock the average farmer in Batvia had to what were the trends in fash [...]

    13. Not a bad book. Too detailed for me though overall and I must admit that I had to skip it in places. The book is about the way in which Europe predominantly segued into the 19th century and it covers the 15th – 18th centuries and all the fascinating things that happened. It juxtaposes developments in Europe against what happened in the Islamic world, china and India most of the time. The book has some really random chapters in it. It covered: populations around the world, development of food, [...]

    14. This, the first volume of Braudel's magnum opus, is a wide-ranging world tour of everyday life and it's varied conditions in the pre-industrial world. So much ink has been spilled on the Annales School of history that I feel that I have little to add on that, but Braudel is a pleasure to read, and doing so makes me wish that I had a better memory to keep track the endlessly fascinating facts and anecdotes that inhabit every page. One should also note that reading such a long work is not the chor [...]

    15. Incredibly broad and dense look at elements of daily life around the world, including housing, food, money, clothes, transportation, and more. Exhaustively researched, and very insightful. His points tend to get away from him though. It's less of a problem in the middle, but in the chapters on population and later on cities, he gets lost in his own argument and then just hares off on random points before dropping the entire line of inquiry. Also, weighted very heavily towards European history. B [...]

    16. This book, the first of three volumes, reset my level of expectations for history books when the English translation came out in 1979.

    17. He doesn't get 5 stars because of the torturous prose (it must be nasty to read in French), but this is a simply brilliant book.

    18. Longer review to come after I finish parts II and III. So far, though, I feel comfortable saying that this is one of the most eye-opening and awe-inspiring works of history I've ever read, one of the few that really impresses me with the sheer size of the past, while maintaining readable and pleasant prose throughout. Braudel is a master of giving details on details which slowly cohere into some kind of pattern, and then pulling back to give a smart, crisp conclusion which makes that pattern com [...]

    19. My first exposure to Braudel and the Annales School was in a historiography class I took for my history degree. It was an excerpt from THE MEDITERRANEAN and it left quite the impression on me. Let's do history without the "big men", without the wars and battles, and without a narrative recursively serving the needs of one economic worldview or another. Instead, let's start literally from the ground upE STRUCTURES OF EVERYDAY LIFE is not as comprehensive as THE MEDITERRANEAN seems (I haven't fini [...]

    20. Okay first of all: the glue used in the binding of this book is truly not good? I bought it used in "Very Good" condition, and somewhere in the middle of the process of being shipped to me, it divided neatly into two big "blocks." This made reading the early chapters miserable: pages coming off in my hands, etc. I do not remember as much about the early chapters of this book as a result.Fortunately the book is good enough to make that really the only iffy thing I can say about it (I guess there [...]

    21. The Structure of Everyday life is the first installment of a trilogy that Braudel has penned on the rise of a Western capitalist regime of accumulation. In this first volume, the focus is on the undercurrents of economic activity: populations, diseases, food, and activities like local production and bartering that make the structure of everyday life. In the true tradition of the Annales school of historiography, this is not an event driven narrative: politics, battles and personalities are margi [...]

    22. Epic in both vision and execution, Braudel's "Stuctures of Civiliisation" turns your accustomed way of thinking about history up side down. In writing his history of the world from the 14th to 18th centuries, Braudel eschews the personalities and events that fill the pages of most history. Instead, he focuses on the day-to-day lifes of normal (non-elite) in an attempt to compare and contrast the various civilisations, sub-civilisations and cultures of the world. Although the chapter titles sound [...]

    23. I received this book as a gift from my maternal grandmother in 1982. In the thirty three years since Mum made me promise to read the entire three-volume set if she bought it I have conjured a thousand reasons to wait. She passed away more than a decade ago and only now have I managed to keep a third of my promise. In The Structures of Everyday Life, Braudel presents a densely quantified history of human experience around the world in the three hundred years before the Industrial Revolution. Ther [...]

    24. Memorial stars.This was my introduction to the Annales school of history, and definitely an eye-opening paradigm shift. For whatever reason, I tend to identify with the Sancho Panzas of the world, and in college I avoided all history (except for ancient) as essentially presenting a litany of kings (or emperors, or Popes, or Imams, or whatever the rich and powerful, in short) quixotically fighting with each other--though the actual loss of life largely devolved upon their subjects. In Braudel at [...]

    25. This three-volume set should be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in the pre-industrial past. The work abounds with useful information on the past conditions of everyday life on a wide variety of subjects. I was interested while reading to gauge Braudel's economic theories--he more or less equates capitalism with big business and admits that market trade at least at the smaller level of everyday life was largely beneficial to the people. It makes an interesting read in terms of [...]

    26. This book, the first of a three-part series, is a study of daily life in the pre-industrial world. Braudel was part of the Annales School, a group of historiographers who chronicled what he called the longue durée, or the long-term rhythms of material life. Their technique was to amass huge amounts of detail on seemingly-mundane topics, such as furniture or bread, and present it with minimal analysis. The experience is challenging, to say the least. But where Braudel is successful is when the m [...]

    27. A rare look at the actual history of the world. "The history of the world is but the biography of great men" is a phrase that has haunted historiography from Thucydides to today. Most historians will dismiss the Great Man theory, but that doesn't keep the field from continuing to frame history in those terms—in terms of secular, religious, and military leaders. Braudel has done the opposite.Fascinating portraits of a wide range of topics. Its faults are admitted by Braudel: the Americas, Afric [...]

    28. It's hard to imagine a modern historical landscape without Braudel's influence. I really, really like the idea of a "bottom up" history that takes into account all the raw material that makes up everyday life.OK, so he's a Eurocentrist and, maybe worse, a Francocentrist. Oh well. Take the bad with the good. I'd probably like him a bit more if he focused on specific material histories rather than trying to write a History of Everything Everywhere, but if I think of this as a theoretical primer ra [...]

    29. This book is extremely difficult to read. It is wordy, drawn out, and spends a lot of time circling around ideas to lay them out. It takes 100 pages to convey 2 pages of ideas, or at least feels this way. The overall experience is laborious. Its saving grace is the materiality, the substance the author addresses. It is great to see a work that focuses more profoundly on how human life functions, and less on the political events that constitute the substance of most historical accounts. I hope to [...]

    30. I don't know if I'll ever finish this - I use it mainly to read myself to sleep, and my edition is so shittily bound that it is falling apart. But it's great stuff - fascinating delving into everything from cereal production to patent applications, with a meandering narrative that somehow brings out the wider implications of all the minutiae in interesting ways. It purports to be global, but like most things written by Western authors that purport to be global, it has a heavy European focus, tho [...]

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