The Structures of Everyday Life: The Limits of the Possible

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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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Contents

Introduction page
23
WEIGHT OF NUMBERS
31
watershed of biological
70
Preserving the balance 71 Famine 73 Epidemics
90
The conquest of space 98 The resistance of cultures
102
Rice
145
Rice cultivated dry and in paddy fields 146
152
Maize
158
Artillery on a world scale 396 From paper to
399
ocean navigation 402 The navies of the
406
Thegreat discoveriesthe routes across the Atlantic
408
The voyage of the SaintAntoine
413
Transport
415
Fixed itineraries 416 On not exaggerating the
422
The speed at which news reached Venice 4267
427
Low speeds and capacities 424 Car
428

a great future
171
The people of the hoe 174 The primitive peoples
178
luxury and the foods of the masses
187
The decline in meat consumption after 1550 194
194
Europes privileged position 199 The extravagances
224
Wine 231 Beer 238 Cider 240
240
Alcoholism outside Europe 247 Chocolate tea
260
Apartments in sixteenthcentury Paris
279
Rural dwellings in Europe 274 Urban houses
281
of furniture 293 Floors walls ceilings doors
310
Is fashion frivolous? 321 The geography of tex
328
Horsebreeding areas in France in the eighteenth century
351
The human engine 337 Animal power 341 Wind
362
The beginnings of metallurgy 375 Progress between
377
The origins of gunpowder 385 Artillery becomes
393
MONEY
436
early economies and metallic money
448
Some rules of the currency game
457
Competition between metals 458 Flight saving
466
Old practices 471 Cash and credit 474 Schum
475
TOWNS AND CITIES
479
Paris at the time of the Revolution
496
Minimum size combined weight 481 The ever
507
ment
520
Unbalanced worlds 528 Naples from the Royal
534
Plan of St Petersburg in 1790
535
Peking in the eighteenth century
543
from Elizabeth I to George III 547 Urbanization
556
Index
605
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About the author (1992)

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.