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By 1450, all of Europe and the Mediterranean were influenced by the teachings, the economies and the intellect of Italy. Its predominance had been achieved through a long history of effort, patience and strategic victories. How had Italy, or rather a handful of Italian cities, a few men all told, succeed in acquiring and maintaining a position of dominance vis-à-vis Byzantium, Islam, and western Europe?
In this fascinating and insightful study, Fernand Braudel, one of the most distinguished historians of our time, examines the many-sided phenomenon of greatness that characterized Italy during the two centuries spanning the Renaissance, Mannerism, and the Baroque-- dazzling, multicoloured Italy, whose radiance shone all over Europe. Braudel perceptively describes the extent, nature and force of Italian influence abroad, analyses the complex interaction between art, science, politics and commerce, and proposes a paradigm of Italy's extraordinary cultural flowering.
This is the first English translation of Braudel's now-classic text. The volume is beautifully designed and illustrated with works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Ghirlandaio, van Eyck, Rubens, Caron, and Poussin. It is an invaluable work for students of Italian history who will find that their understanding of Italian culture has been immeasurably enriched.
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Fernand Braudel was born in Luméville-en-Ornois in 1902. He graduated in history in 1923, and subsequently taught in Algiers, São Paulo and Paris. Beginning in 1940 he spent five years as a prisoner of war in Germany, during which he wrote his thesis La Méditerranée et le monde méditerranéen à l'époque de Philippe II, published in France in 1949. In 1946 he became a member of the editorial board of the journal Annales, founded by Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre. In 1949 he succeeded Febvre at the College de France. From 1962 to his death in 1985 Braudel was chief administrator of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme.
Fernand Braudel achieved a worldwide reputation for his line of approach that united history and other social studies. His Civilization and Capitalism and The Mediterranean were widely acclaimed.
The second volume of Fernand Braudel's monumental The Identity of France was published in 1990.
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Book Description Flammarion, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M2080135007