On History


Paperback | February 15, 1982

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The first English translation of Ecrits sur l'histoire—a collection of essays written over a twenty-year period following publication of Braudel's masterwork, La, MéditerranéeOn History sets forth Braudel's reflections on the intellectual framework of his historical studies. Braudel calls on the historian to penetrate beneath the surface of political events to uncover and measure the forces shaping collective existence. Cycles of production, wages and prices, grids of communication and trade, fluctuations and climate, demographic trends, popular beliefs—all of these phenomena are proper subjects of the historian's investigations. It is only through study of the longue durée, Braudel argues, that one can discern structure, the supports and obstacles, the limits and his experience cannot escape.

"The great French historian Fernand Braudel has done what only giants can: he has made Western man confront the problem of time—individual time, historical time, relative time, real time. . . . Braudel, more than any other historian, has wrestled with man's conception of time over time. . . What a magnificent fight he has fought."—Virginia Quarterly Review
Title:On HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 8.98 × 6.06 × 0.5 inPublished:February 15, 1982Publisher:University of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226071510

ISBN - 13:9780226071510

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - Time in History
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II: Extract from the Preface
The Situation of History in 1950
Part 2 - History and the Other Human Sciences
History and the Social Sciences: The Longue Durée
Unity and Diversity in the Human Sciences
History and Sociology
Toward a Historical Economics
Toward a Serial History: Seville and the Atlantic, 1504-1650
Is There a Geography of Biological Man?
On a Concept of Social History
Demography and the Scope of the Human Sciences
Part 3 - History and the Present Age
In Bahia, Brazil: The Present Explains the Past
The History of Civilizations: The Past Explains the Present