Braudel

Braudel’s On History is exactly that. He breaks down historical writings, much like Gilderhus did in our previous readings.

But history is not as clear-cut to Braudel as it was to Gilderhus. History is much more difficult to define to Braudel. He even takes stance on the word-choice of history, such as event. To Braudel, it is difficult to give a single definition to the word, because different groups of people think differently. To scientists or philosophers, an event would differ highly than to historians.

Braudel continues on for some time, as he says he will, about even the smallest of ideas about history. He even dives into what he thinks the profession of a historian includes.

Above all, Braudel wishes to start a discussion between different branches of social scientists. Rather than have small sects of social scientits, Braudel wishes to open a dialogue between them all and reach a conclusion on history.

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