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By Fernand Braudel

Refreshingly broad-brush in its approach...this background offers the massive picture."—The Christian technology display screen. Written from a consciously anti-enthnocentric technique, this interesting 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 so much different texts.

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Curricula enforced in France inflict on the next-to-top 1914 to 1939', and then on the top form The world from The world since 1939'. Twice the vast world is to be studied; but a world of politics, wars, institutions and conflicts - a prodigious mass of dates and events. I defy any historian, even those with photographic memories, to guarantee to pass an examination on this mass of often trivial facts, one after another without rhyme or reason. I have before me the best of the bunch, I the latest textbook am produced, but disappointing.

And Marcel Mauss believed that for 'society'? 'society' in A History of Civilizations 16 of civilization 'the idea which is certainly less clear than that of society, presupposes'. it Society and civilization are inseparable: the two ideas refer to Claude Levi-Strauss put it, 'they do not represent different objects, but two complementary views of a single object, which can perfectly well be described by either term the same Or, reality. ' The idea of 'society' implies a wealth of content. closely resembles that of civilization, with which it In this is it so often which we live, for example, which is its driving force.

To discuss space, land climate, vegetation, animal species what humanity has made of these basic conditions: A 10 History of Civilizations stock-breeding, agriculture, food, shelter, communi- clothing, and so on. The stage on which humanity's endless dramas are played out cations, industry partly determines their story-line and explains their nature. cast will alter, but the set The remains broadly the same. For the expert on India, Hermann Goetz, there are two essential Indias. One is humid, with heavy rainfall, lakes, marshes, forests and jungles, aquatic plants and flowers - the land of people with dark skins.

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