Memory and the Mediterranean

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2011 - History - 400 pages
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A grand sweep of history by the late Fernand Braudel–one of the twentieth century’s most influential historians–Memory and the Mediterranean chronicles the Mediterranean’s immeasurably rich past during the foundational period from prehistory to classical antiquity, illuminating nothing less than the bedrock of our civilization and the very origins of Western culture.

Essential for historians, yet written explicitly for the general reader, this magnificent account of the ebb and flow of cultures shaped by the Mediterranean takes us from the great sea’s geologic beginnings through the ancient civilizations that flourished along its shores. Moving with ease from Mesopotamia and Egypt to the flowering of Crete and the early Aegean peoples, and culminating in the prodigious achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, Braudel conveys in absorbing detail the geography and climate of the region over the course of millennia while brilliantly explaining the larger forces that gave rise to agriculture, writing, sea travel, trade, and, ultimately, the emergence of empires. Impressive in scope and gracefully written, Memory and the Mediterranean is an endlessly enriching work of history by a legend in the field.

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User Review  - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing

It's always intellectually salubrious to spend an hour or two with the generous mind of Frenand Braudel. This history of the birth of Western civilization in the Middle East and its flowering on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - breadhat - LibraryThing

This book is unusual, as it finds Braudel writing outside his realm of expertise. I appreciated the endnotes that brought his treatment of prehistory up to date, although I wish these notes had been a ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Fernand Braudel (1901-1985), the most celebrated French historian of the postwar era, taught at the Collège de France and was a member of the École Pratique des Hautes Études. His widely acclaimed works include A History of Civilizations, On History, The Structures of Everyday Life, and The Wheels of Commerce.

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