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The structures of everyday life : the limits of the possible

Author: Fernand Braudel
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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This social and economic history of Europe from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution organizes a multitude of details to paint a rich picture of everyday life.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fernand Braudel
ISBN: 0060148454 9780060148454 0520081145 9780520081147
OCLC Number: 8620584
Notes: Rev. translation of: Les structures du quotidien, le possible et l'impossible.
The translation by Miriam Kochan of an earlier version appeared in English in 1973, under the title: Capitalism and material life, 1400-1800.
Description: 623 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Weight of numbers --
Guessing the world population --
A scale of reference --
The eighteenth century: watershed of biological regimes --
The many against the few --
Daily bread --
Wheat --
Rice --
Maize --
The dietary revolution of the eighteenth century --
The rest of the world --
Superfluity and sufficiency: food and drink --
Eating habits: luxury and the foods of the masses --
Drinks, stimulants, and drugs --
Superfluity and sufficiency: houses, clothes, and fashion --
Houses throughout the world --
Interiors --
Costume and fashion --
The spread of technology: sources of energy, metallurgy --
The key problem: sources of energy --
Iron: a poor relation --
The spread of technology: revolution and delays --
Three great technological innovations (gunpowder, moveable type, navigation) --
Transport --
Problems of the history of technology --
Money --
Imperfect currencies and economies --
Outside Europe: early economies and metallic money --
Some rules of the currency game --
Paper money and instruments of credit --
Towns and cities --
Towns: the problems of definition --
The originality of Western towns --
The big cities --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Structures du quotidien, le possible et l'impossible.
Responsibility: Fernand Braudel ; translation from the French revised by Siân Reynolds.

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This social and economic history of Europe from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution organizes a multitude of details to paint a rich picture of everyday life.

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