New York: Harper & Row, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. USED - Very Good/ Near Fine. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine and publisher's insignia blind-stamped on front board. An ink stain and very light scuffing to lower edge of text block, otherwise pristine. Clean, unmarked, tight. B/W illustrations, maps, graphs. Notes. Index. 17 x 23.5 cm. 621 pp. / Very Good. Light edgewear. Slight toning along edges of interior. Item #12592
By examining in detail the material life of pre-industrial peoples around the world, Fernand Braudel significantly changed the way historians view their subject. Originally published in the early 1980s, Civilization traces the social and economic history of the world from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, although his primary focus is Europe. Braudel skims over politics, wars, etc., in favor of examining life at the grass roots: food, drink, clothing, housing, town markets, money, credit, technology, the growth of towns and cities, and more. Volume I describes food and drink, dress and housing, demography and family structure, energy and technology, money and credit, and the growth of towns.