Book reviews 27/10/2016

Braudel.jpgBraudel revisited
the mediterranean world, 1600-1800

Editors : Gabriel Piterberg, Teófilo F.Ruiz, Geoffrey Symcox
University of Toronto Press, 2016

Fernand Braudel (1912-1985), was a leading French historian and author of, among other books, the groundbreaking The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1949). One of the founders of the Annales School in France, Braudel insisted on treating the Mediterranean region as a whole, irrespective of religious and national divides. Braudel’s new historiography rejected political history as the dominant discipline and espoused a ‘total history’ or a ‘history from below’ that would tell the story of the vast majority of humanity hitherto excluded from the grand narrative. At the time of the book’s appearance, this premise was revolutionary.

The contributors to Braudel Revisited assess the impact of Braudel’s work on today’s academic world, in light of subsequent methodological shifts. Engaging with Braudel’s texts as well as with his ideas, the essays in this volume speak to the enduring legacy of his work on the ongoing exploration of early modern history.


The Cambridge History of Scandinaviascandinavia.jpg
Volume II: 1520-1870

Editors: E. I. Kouri, Jens E. Olesen



Cambridge University Press, 2016





Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Scandinavia provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of the Scandinavian countries from the close of the Middle Ages through to the formation of the nation states in the mid-nineteenth century. Beginning in 1520, the opening chapters of the volume discuss the reformation of the Nordic states and the enormous impact this had on the social structures, cultural identities and traditions of individual countries. With contributions from 38 leading historians, the book charts the major developments that unfolded within this crucial period of Scandinavian history. Chapters address topics such as material growth and the centralisation of power in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as the evolution of trade, foreign policy and client states in the eighteenth century. Volume 2 concludes by discussing the new economic and social orders of the nineteenth century in connection with the emergence of the nation states.

porti.jpgL’approvisionnement des villes portuaires en Europe

du XVIe siècle à nos jours

Editors: Caroline Le Mao, Philippe Meyzie


Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2016


Cet ouvrage propose une réflexion collective et internationale sur l’approvisionnement des villes portuaires en Europe du XVIe siècle à nos jours. Il rassemble les contributions de spécialistes d’histoire maritime, d’histoire urbaine, d’histoire de l’alimentation pour étudier la manière dont les villes portuaires parviennent à subvenir à leurs besoins (en denrées alimentaires, en matières premières, en produits manufacturés) et à ceux des activités qu’elles abritent (pêche, construction navale, industrie agro-alimentaire).
Ce livre permet de mieux comprendre comment, par des moyens variés au fil des siècles et selon les lieux, les villes portuaires drainent vers elles de produits très divers et comment ces flux marquent le paysage urbain à travers l’aménagement des quais, le développement de lieux de Stockage, etc.


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