Braudel Revisited: The Mediterranean World 1600-1800

Edited by Gabriel Piterberg, Teofilo F. Ruiz, and Geoffrey Symcox

© 2010

Fernand Braudel (1912-1985), was a leading French historian and author of, among other books, the groundbreaking The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1949). One of the founders of the Annales School in France, Braudel insisted on treating the Mediterranean region as a whole, irrespective of religious and national divides. Braudel's new historiography rejected political history as the dominant discipline and espoused a 'total history' or a 'history from below' that would tell the story of the vast majority of humanity hitherto excluded from the grand narrative. At the time of the book's appearance, this premise was revolutionary.

The contributors to Braudel Revisited assess the impact of Braudel's work on today's academic world, in light of subsequent methodological shifts. Engaging with Braudel's texts as well as with his ideas, the essays in this volume speak to the enduring legacy of his work on the ongoing exploration of early modern history.

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The contributors to Braudel Revisited assess the impact of Braudel's work on today's academic world, in light of subsequent methodological shifts.

Braudel Revisited: The Mediterranean World 1600-1800

Edited by Gabriel Piterberg, Teofilo F. Ruiz, and Geoffrey Symcox

© 2010

Fernand Braudel (1912-1985), was a leading French historian and author of, among other books, the groundbreaking The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1949). One of the founders of the Annales School in France, Braudel insisted on treating the Mediterranean region as a whole, irrespective of religious and national divides. Braudel's new historiography rejected political history as the dominant discipline and espoused a 'total history' or a 'history from below' that would tell the story of the vast majority of humanity hitherto excluded from the grand narrative. At the time of the book's appearance, this premise was revolutionary.

The contributors to Braudel Revisited assess the impact of Braudel's work on today's academic world, in light of subsequent methodological shifts. Engaging with Braudel's texts as well as with his ideas, the essays in this volume speak to the enduring legacy of his work on the ongoing exploration of early modern history.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 290 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “An intellectual effort to rethink the place of Braudel in the broader context of history and humanities, allowing us to rediscover the extent and significance of this work for contemporary scholarship.”


    Marijan Gubic
    Mediterranean Quarterly

    “The richness and innovation of these ‘histories in’ the cultural life of the early modern Mediterranean are a provocation to future researches in the field and a demonstration of the possibilities inherent in a cultural history ‘of’ the Mediterranean.”


    Monique O'Connell
    Journal of Modern History

    “A fitting testament to Braudel’s breadth and width of interests.”


    Maria Fusaro
    European History Quarterly

    ‘The essays in this volume not only demonstrate the relevance of Braudel’s historical approach after the cultural, linguistic turn in historiography; but also provide interested historians vital research questions at the frontier of these fields.’


    Seven Agir
    Eh-Net: February 2011
  • Author Information

    Gabriel Piterberg is a professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.



    Teofilo F. Ruiz is a professor in the Department of History and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles.



    Geoffrey Symcox is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Table of contents

    Preface and Acknowledgments

    Introduction
    GABRIEL PITERBERG, TEOFILO F. RUIZ, AND GEOFFREY SYMCOX

    PART I: THINKING WITH BRAUDEL

    1 The Problem of Unbelief in Braudel’s Mediterranean
    LUCETTE VALENSI

    2 Braudel and the Mediterranean City
    GEOFFREY SYMCOX

    PART II: THINKING BEYOND BRAUDEL

    3 A Mediterranean Culture of Factions? Bilateral Factionalism in the Greater Mediterranean Region in the Pre-Modern Era
    JANE HATHAWAY

    4 Polyglottism in the Ottoman Empire: A Reconsideration
    LESLIE PEIRCE

    5 Braudel’s Eastern Mediterranean Revisited
    SJEVKET PAMUK

    6 Sebastianism in Theory and Practice in Early Modern Portugal
    BRYAN GIVENS

    7 Geneva by the Sea: The Reformation in Nimes in Historiographical Context
    ALLAN TULCHIN

    8 Some Thoughts on the Social and Political Culture of Baroque Venice
    MATTEO CASINI

    9 The Algerian Economy and Cervantes’ First Work of Narrative Fiction
    CARROLL B. JOHNSON

    10 Braudel and the Cultural History of the Mediterranean: Anthropology and Les lieux d’histoire
    JAMES AMELANG

    11 Il faut mediterraniser la musique: After Braudel
    GARY TOMLINSON

    Contributors

    Index

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