A History of Civilizations, Paperback Book
2 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Written from a consciously anti-enthnocentric approach, this fascinating work is a survey of the civilizations of the modern world in terms of the broad sweep and continuities of history, rather than the "event-based" technique of most other texts.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages, index, 23 maps
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780140124897



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Deep going, and frequently extremely boring. Braudel was more than a bit of a snob, too, and many cultural references in this book, originally written in 1962, are politically incorrect. Still, over a 6-8 week period, I managed to finish the silly thing,

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Full of sweeping generalisations and inaccuracies, I'd like to think this is of use only as a record of how far the study of history has come.