By Fernand Braudel
Refreshingly broad-brush in its approach...this historical past presents the large picture."—The Christian technological know-how video display. Written from a consciously anti-enthnocentric process, this attention-grabbing paintings is a survey of the civilizations of the trendy international by way of the extensive sweep and continuities of historical past, instead of the "event-based" means of such a lot different texts.
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Such, again, is the dialogue between civilization and civilizations of which we shall hear so much in this book. Will the ever taster spread of cultural influence remove the frontiers between civilizations that were once so firm in world history? Many people fear - and some rejoice - that thev will. Yet. however avid civilizations returned and wrote a book in are to acquire the material adjuncts of 'modern' prepared to take on everything indiscriminately. as we is why, now shall see, that as life, It they arc not even happens, they stubbornly reject outside influence.
Each, undeniably, we were If should certainly in fact, the now. be more asked, a The use of the plural signifies, concept - the typically eighteenth- and confined faith in progress abandoned civilization "elite*. This being so. thing to a as civilization, coupled few privileged peoples or The twentieth decide - and on to it was the a century, happily, has number of such value-judgements, and would a certain be hard put to we hesitant. century notion that there was such with distinct. to define civilization in the singular, gradual decline of groups, humanity's is what - which criteria best.
The development of education, access to culture, admission to the universities, social progress - these were the human personality. the achievements of the nineteenth century, already rich, and tull of significance for the future. The tomorrow, of high quality. To do so great civilization problem for as for today, very costly. is to create a mass is unthinkable It is without large surpluses devoted to the service of society, and without the leisure that mechanization will In the industrialized countries, no doubt soon be such a future able to offer us.
A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel