New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1990. First U.S. Edition (stated), First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good/Fine. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Pale yellow endpapers, slightly askew due to publisher's defect. Clean, unmarked. Binding tight with very slight spine slant. Black and white maps and illustrations. Glossary. Endnotes. Index. 16 x 24 x 5.5 cm. 781 pp. / Very Good/Fine. Item #12863
Braudel's last and most personal book was L'Identité de la France (The Identity of France), which was unfinished at the time of his death in 1985. Unlike many of Braudel's other books, he made no secret of his profound love of his country, remarking at the beginning that he had loved France as if she were a woman. Reflecting his interest with the longue durée, Braudel's concern in L'Identité de la France was with the centuries and millennia instead of the years and decades. Braudel argued that France was the product not of its politics or economics but rather of its geography and culture, a thesis Braudel explored in a wide-ranging book that saw the bourg and the patois: historie totale integrated into a broad sweep of both the place and the time. Unlike Braudel's other books, L'Identité de la France was much colored by a romantic nostalgia, as Braudel argued for the existence of la France profonde, a "deep France" based upon the peasant mentalité that despite all of the turmoil of French history and the Industrial Revolution had survived intact right up to the present.