Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century: The structure of everyday life

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University of California Press, 1992 - History - 623 pages
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By examining in detail the material life of pre-industrial 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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The work is a wonderful example of the Annales School of historiography. A student of Lucien Febvre (1878-1956), Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) stresses long-term social, geographic and environmental ... Read full review

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A fascinating work. Assuming one already knows the history of this era (which one probably doesn't, but which one can generally bluff through as one goes along), discusses the mechanics of day-to-day ... Read full review

Contents

I
31
III
51
IV
70
V
92
VI
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VII
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VIII
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IX
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XIX
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XX
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XXI
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XXII
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XXIV
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XXV
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XXVI
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XXVII
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVII
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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Page 29 - time observed, we either have the event or the everyday happening. The event is, or is taken to be, unique; the everyday happening is repeated, and the more often it is repeated the more likely it is to become a generality or rather a structure. It pervades society at all levels, and
Page 23 - the market economy: this is that elementary basic activity which went on everywhere and the volume of which is truly fantastic. This rich zone, like a layer covering the earth, I have called for want of a better expression material life or material civilization.

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Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) taught at the Collège de France and was a member of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. He is the author of The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, among other titles.