By examining in detail the material life of pre-industrial peoples around the world, Fernand Braudel significantly changed the way historians view their subject. Volume I describes food and drink, dress and housing, demography and family structure, energy and technology, money and credit, and the growth of towns.
Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) taught at the Collège de France and was a member of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. He is the author of The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, among other titles.
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