Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century: v. 1

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

By (author) Fernand Braudel , Translated by Sian Reynolds

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By examining in detail the material life of pre-industrial people 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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  • Paperback | 3 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 40.64mm | 1,133.98g
  • 23 Dec 1992
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0520081145
  • 9780520081147
  • 536,275

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Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) taught at the College 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.

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"The noted French historian Fernand Braudel . . . argues convincingly that a meaningful understanding of history can be gained from studying how people ate and dressed, where they lived, and how they obtained necessities and luxuries. . . . Braudel succeeds in presenting a thorough picture of how the great trends of history were created by their smallest parts."--Elizabeth Grossman, "Saturday Review

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'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, Washington Post Book World

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