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Scholars from history, sociology, and geography advocate overcoming disciplinary isolation, using Fernand Braudel’s concept of the longue durée as a rallying point.
In his pathbreaking article “History and the Social Sciences: The Longue Durée,” Fernand Braudel raised a call for the social sciences to overcome their disciplinary isolation from one another. Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the article’s publication, the contributors to this volume do not just acknowledge their debt to the past; they also bear witness to how the crisis Braudel recognized a half century ago is no less of a crisis today. The contributions included here, from scholars in history, sociology, and geography, reflect the spirit and practice of the intellectual agenda espoused by Braudel, coming together around the concept of the longue durée. Indeed, they are evidence of how the groundbreaking research originally championed by Braudel has been carried forward in world-systems analysis for a more socially relevant understanding of the planet and its future possibilities. The book concludes with a new translation of Braudel’s original article by famed sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein.
Richard E. Lee is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the editor of Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, I: Determinism, Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, II: Reductionism, and Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, III: Dualism, all published by SUNY Press, and Life and Times of Cultural Studies: The Politics and Transformation of the Structures of Knowledge. He is also the coeditor, with Immanuel Wallerstein, of Overcoming the Two Cultures: Science versus the Humanities in the Modern World-System.
Fernand Braudel Center Studies in Historical Social Science
Table of Contents
Introduction Richard E. Lee
The Order of Historical Time: The Longue Durée and Micro-History Dale Tomich
History and Geography: Braudel’s “Extreme Longue Durée” as Generics? Peter J. Taylor
Dutch Capitalism and the Europe’s Great Frontier: The Baltic in the Ecological Revolution of the Long Seventeenth Century Jason W. Moore
The Semiproletarian Household over the Longue Durée of the
Modern World-System Wilma A. Dunaway
In the Short Run Are We All Dead? A Political Ecology of the Development Climate Philip McMichael
The Longue Durée and the Status of “Superstructures” Richard E. Lee
Nomads and Kings: State Formation in Asia over the Longue Durée,
1250–1700 Ravi Arvind Palat
Long-Term Problems for the Longue Durée in the Social Sciences Eric Mielants
Journalism, History, and Eurocentrism: Longue Durée and the Immediate in Braudel and Wallerstein José da Mota Lopes
History and the Social Sciences: The Longue Durée