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The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean…

The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1949)

by Fernand Braudel

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I call this the greatest book ever written for the wrong reason --it sets out to demonstrate the way the economic
basis determines the political history, but ends by
admitting the two most important factors in the decline
in the struggle for control of the Mediterranean between Spain and the Turks were Spain's conquest of Portugal
and Turkey's involvement in war with Persia. However, it is a famously thorough description of conditions before those changes. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 4, 2007 |
What strikes the reader is the comprehensive sweep of Braudel's vision. For that ambition he is to be applauded. ( )
  jontseng | Jan 4, 2007 |
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A Lucien Febvre,
toujours présent
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To abridge a great book to well under half its length calls for some fortitude of mind — or shall we prefer Johnson's correction: 'No, sir. Stark insensibility'?
—Preface to the Abridged Edition, Richard Ollard
I have loved the Mediterranean with passion, no doubt because I am a northerner like so many others in whose footsteps I have followed.
—Preface to the First Edition
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This book focuses on the Mediterranean world of 400 years ago, but the perspective stretches back to the world of Homer, and the foreground reaches up to the 20th century. In considering the Mediterranean's history it is not treaties, wars and dynastic marriages that claim the author's attention, but such questions as how long it took for a cargo ship to work its way from Alicante to Alexandria, how much it cost to send a special courier from Madrid to Paris, how people lived and what they lived on and what happened in cities like Venice, Naples or Constantinople.

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